Anniston city council changes helmet law for bicyclists

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Tom Nelson knows a thing or two about bike riding, but to his surprise he didn't know much about Anniston's law regarding helmets.

"I was not even aware that Anniston required helmets for any age until just recently," he said.

Nelson is the president of the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association and a helmet user.

"I would not let my kids ride without a helmet, I don't ride without a helmet," he said.

He heard about the city's change in law, requiring only those 16 and under to wear a helmet.

The adjustment comes as part of an effort to bring bike-sharing to Anniston, which Nelson said makes sense.

"Bike-share programs are not successful when you have to have a helmet," he said. " Basically if someone comes in and wants to rent a bike and they don't have a helmet with them...few people want to wear a helmet someone else has been wearing."

According to Nelson, there is a slight difference when it comes to riding bike-sharing bicycles and other types of bikes.

"The ride-share bikes are a lot bigger , heavier and a lot more stable," Nelson said. "But still you can have an injury if you fall off of it."

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