Incoming NYC PD chief and Mayor Bill de Blasio weigh in on bike helmet laws

The day after a federal panel called on states to require cyclists wear helmets, New York City’s incoming police chief called it “logical” — while Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed some skepticism.

“It certainly seems like a logical conclusion to me,” NYPD commissioner-to-be Dermot Shea said of the recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

“Probably some more work to do on it, but if there’s a simple way — and I’m not saying it’s simple — but if there’s a simple step than can be put in place that could potential save lives, it certainly should be explored.”

De Blasio, who spoke alongside Shea at Wednesday’s monthly crime stats press conference, declined to say whether or not he favors a helmet mandate.

Hizzoner said he wanted to “have an honest conversation about the value of bike helmets,” but that he also understood concerns that “we don’t want to discourage people from riding bikes.”