Do I need to wear a cycle helmet in Spain?

I saw this question posed on a local forum and researched it:

The short answer is YES, all cycle users should wear a helmet, children and adults.


The longer answer is that according to the latest law, it is compulsory that those under 16, as riders always use bicycle helmet protection wherever they ride.
For riders over 16 years of age, the use of helmets is compulsory on intercity (out of town) roads and it is advisable in urban areas.

As with many Spanish laws, this makes interpretation a little difficult. How I understand it is, if you are out of town (speed limit generally over 50 kph) wearing a helmet (casco) is compulsory as an adult.

Knowall’s advice: If you value your life and your head, wear a cycle helmet at all times when cycling, in or out of town. I do!

Source of info: DGT Ministerio del Interior website

3 thoughts on “Do I need to wear a cycle helmet in Spain?”

    1. Hi, Robert, I might have agreed with you except that one evening my son dropped down the side of a rambla on his bike, hitting his head on a rock and was concussed. His helmet had a large crushed crease in it which I later tried to copy using a lump hammer, but could not. My son would probably be dead now, as he would not have woken up and found his way home. Helmets are life savers.

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