Safety requirement or freedom of choice? Agency says states should require bicycle helmets

A crash July 19, 2018, on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) between The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Waikoloa Road, killed a 73-year-old bicyclist from Texas. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Cyclists ride down Ane Keohokalole Highway in 2015 during the Ride of Silence to memorialize cyclists injured or killed by motorists and raise awareness on the roads. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Matt Meyers gets fitted for a helmet by PATH Program Director Paul Burke at the RxBike program earlier this year at Old Kona Airport Park.

Fawad and Lina Ahadi from New Zealand rent bikes from the Bike Share station on Alii Drive last year. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file)

KAILUA-KONA — Two years ago, Franz Weber was riding his bicycle when he struck a delineator pole as he cruised at no more than 10-15 mph.