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Bicycle Helmet Requirements in Washington

Currently, there is no state law requiring helmet use. However, some cities and counties do require helmet use with bicycles. Here is a list of those locations and when the laws were enacted.

Location NameWho is AffectedEffective Date
Aberdeen All ages 2001
Bainbridge Island All ages 2001
Bremerton All ages 2000
DuPont All ages 2008
Eatonville All ages 1996
Fircrest All ages 1995
Gig Harbor All ages 1996
Kent All ages 1999
King County All ages 1993, 2003 updated to include Seattle
Lakewood All ages 1996
Milton All ages 1997
Orting Under 17 1997
Pierce County
(unincorporated)
All ages 1994
Port Angeles All ages 1994
Port Orchard All ages 2004
Poulsbo Under 18 1995
Puyallup All ages 1994
Renton All ages 1999
Spokane All ages 2004
Steilacoom All ages 1995
Tacoma All ages 1994
University Place All ages 1996
Vancouver All ages 2008
All Military Installations All ages N/A