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ROAD SAFETY – CHILDREN BIKE HELMET NOT MANDATORY

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The Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure and the Minister of Health confirm that the use of bicycle helmets for children is not mandatory and will not be compulsory in Luxembourg.

According to statistics from the Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch and the Centre Hospitalier du Nord, in 2015, 14,368 cases of trauma were recorded in children aged under 16, of which 242 (1.7%) came from a bicycle accident.

Nevertheless, the two Ministers underline:

“The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, taking into account the guidelines of countries with the most expertise in bicycling as a healthy and popular transport mode, recommends wearing the helmet without imposing it. As parents are responsible for their children’s road education, it is important to educate adults in the wearing of bike helmets.

In 2011 and 2012, Health Direction, together with Road Safety and the Ministry of Education, launched a campaign to raise use awareness of bicycle helmets for cyclists, children and adults.

Finally, with regard to other recreational activities such as skateboards, hoverboards and scooters, which may also present risks similar to cycling, the current literature suggests that wearing a helmet for These activities without, however, expressing an opinion on the obligation to wear helmets for these activities. ”

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