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.