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Texas Bicycle Helmet Education Statute



758.002. Bicycle safety education program

(a) The department [Texas Department of Public Safety]  may establish and administer a statewide bicycle safety education program and may adopt rules to implement the program. The program must include instruction concerning:

(1) the safe handling and use of bicycles;

(2) high risk traffic situations;

(3) bicycle and traffic handling skills;

(4) on-bike training;

(5) correct use of bicycle helmets; and

(6) traffic laws and regulations.

(b) The department may issue a certificate or other evidence of completion to a person who has successfully completed a bicycle education course.

(c) Subject to the establishment of a bicycle education program by the department, a person born after December 31, 1985, who resides in a metropolitan statistical area as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget may complete a bicycle education course approved by the department before operating a bicycle on a public roadway, public bicycle path, or other public right-of-way. The course may be completed before the person's 10th birthday.

(d) The department may charge a fee for the course not to exceed $15.

(e) The department may:

(1) determine the qualifications for an instructor in the bicycle education program;

(2) use volunteer instructors; and

(3) certify organizations to recruit and train instructors for the program.

(f) In administering this section, the department may contract with an educational institution, state agency, local government, or nonprofit organization interested in bicycle education.

(g) The department may accept gifts, grants, and donations to be used in administering this section.


758.003. Fund

(a) A fee collected by the department under this chapter shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the bicycle safety fund. The department by rule may establish a procedure to allow an educational institution, state agency, local government, or nonprofit organization interested in bicycle safety to retain an amount from the fees collected to cover actual and necessary expenses.

(b) The fund may be used by the department only to:

(1) defray the costs of administering this chapter;

(2) provide a bicycle training course for a child younger than 10 years of age who comes from a low income family; and

(3) if funding permits, assist children from low income families in purchasing bicycle helmets.


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