Washington State Opinion: Heed safety board’s call for bike-helmet laws

Washington state legislators should consider new bicycle-safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board.

In addition to safer bicycle lanes, as Seattle, Bellevue and other cities have built in recent years, the NTSB said there should be statewide laws mandating helmet usage.

The agency also suggested new lighting and reflective materials for bicyclists, better vehicle headlights and mandatory collision-avoidance systems in cars.