Helmets in Spain

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Helmets in Spain

Postby further » 22 Oct 2019, 7:09pm

We might be going to the Costa Blanca next year,what is the real world position with cycle helmets ?
Grateful for any input
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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby deckertim » 22 Oct 2019, 7:16pm

Was there last week. Nobody seems to care, we saw loads of police and none of them batted an eye lid. The law is rather vague and seems to have loads of exceptions.

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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby richardfm » 22 Oct 2019, 7:51pm

We were in Mallorca a couple of weeks ago and very few people were wearing helmets

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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby LinusR » 22 Oct 2019, 8:14pm

further wrote:We might be going to the Costa Blanca next year,what is the real world position with cycle helmets ?
Grateful for any input
C


Several years ago I was stopped by the police for not wearing a helmet. I politely talked my way out of it by saying I'd forgotten to wear it, and it was at the hotel, and I would not forget it in future, senor. This was on the Costa Blanca. My friend who lives there warned me that the police have issued on the spot fines and sometimes confiscated a front wheel from riders who can't pay up on the spot. I've also been stopped for riding two abreast by the police, but they didn't complain about no helmet at the time. Riding two abreast is not illegal in Spain and even some of the road signs show two cyclists riding side by side. The only advice I can give is not to argue with the Spanish police, particularly the Guardia Civil who are the ones who deal with traffic. And don't you dare make any jokes about Franco to them... (Note to moderators. This post is about the Spanish police. Any mention of cycle helmets is ancillary to the main discussion about touring in Spain.)

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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby eileithyia » 22 Oct 2019, 8:16pm

richardfm wrote:We were in Mallorca a couple of weeks ago and very few people were wearing helmets


Really? I am usually a lone non-helmet wearer..... apart from 'locals' etc who don't seem to take any notice.

Very complex rules, technically it is legal requirement to wear one unless; in town, when climbing, or it is very hot.......
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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby LinusR » 22 Oct 2019, 8:25pm

eileithyia wrote:
richardfm wrote:We were in Mallorca a couple of weeks ago and very few people were wearing helmets


Really? I am usually a lone non-helmet wearer..... apart from 'locals' etc who don't seem to take any notice.

Very complex rules, technically it is legal requirement to wear one unless; in town, when climbing, or it is very hot.......


That's my experience, too.

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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby richardfm » 22 Oct 2019, 8:31pm

LinusR wrote:
eileithyia wrote:
richardfm wrote:We were in Mallorca a couple of weeks ago and very few people were wearing helmets


Really? I am usually a lone non-helmet wearer..... apart from 'locals' etc who don't seem to take any notice.

Very complex rules, technically it is legal requirement to wear one unless; in town, when climbing, or it is very hot.......


That's my experience, too.

My cycling was around Calla Millor on the east coast. So most of the cyclists I saw were tourists on hire bikes, not serious cyclists up in the mountains. That may account for it.

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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby randonneur » 22 Oct 2019, 11:01pm

Cycled across Spain early this year-end was stopped twice by Traffic Police for not wearing a helmet, both times were in the Picos Europa area, in rural areas. Told it was the law to wear a helmet, but after pleading ignorance I was allowed to go on my way.
Whilst I was aware of the law, having cycled many thousand miles in Spain over the last few years, it was quite a surprise to be stopped and guess will take a helmet next year.

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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby further » 23 Oct 2019, 10:23am

Thank you all,don't think I will bother wearing one,I have never worn one in the UK

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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby oldun » 23 Oct 2019, 11:34am

I have ridden many many miles in Spain but always with a helmet . I believe it is the law in non urban areas except when riding up hill :shock: or when the weather is hot :D .
I wear one, as i wonder what position my travel insurance company would take if i had an accident and sustained a head injury whilst not wearing a legally required helmet ? Just saying .

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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby further » 23 Oct 2019, 11:56am

I must admit i hadn't thought about the insurance thing Mmmmm

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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby mattheus » 23 Oct 2019, 1:40pm

The helmet would make the same amount of difference as it does in a country where they *aren't* required. So there are very few situations where the insurer could wriggle out of paying much of your claim.
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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby Mick F » 23 Oct 2019, 1:50pm

Been to Spain loadsa times.
Plenty cyclists, Ecyclists, Escooterists ......... lots.
Never seen a helmet unless they were roadies, but not all of them though.
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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby pedalsheep » 23 Oct 2019, 10:17pm

A roadie friend of mine was given an on the spot fine for not wearing a helmet in Spain a year or two ago. IIRC it was a €50 fine.
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Re: Helmets in Spain

Postby Polisman » 24 Oct 2019, 6:11am

Never had an experience with the law for not wearing a helmet anywhere in Spain. Most tourists on hire bikes will not wear a helmet, you'd have to catch a Guarda Civil in a very bad mood to get told off I think.

Locking your bike up a different matter though. I locked my road bike up outside our hotel when the garage was full, next to a shop. Next morning, a note attached to the shop door. 'Your bike confiscate'. Actually the local police were very nice about it, just showed ID and described my bike and off Scott free on my way, no fine. But be careful where you park up! Same goes for wild camping, get yourself completely out of sight of the road or houses and you'll be fine. Otherwise the Guarda will hunt you!