SPORTS EQUIPMENT: Putting a Lid On Cyclists

Putting a Lid On Cyclists

Each year 1,000 Americans die as a result of bicycle accidents. In 75% of the deaths, the cause is head trauma. Influenced by those statistics, Maryland's Howard County last week passed a bill requiring all bicyclists to wear helmets or face fines of as much as $100 per violation. The law is expected to inspire similar legislation across the U.S. But bicycle makers fear that helmet laws could hurt business. The Bicycle Manufacturers Association of America contends that the price of helmets -- typically $20 to $80 -- may cut into the sport's appeal by increasing its cost. The Maryland law...

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