Riding in France with your kids this summer? By law, they now have to wear a helmet

Law came into place in France last week that makes it mandatory for children under 12 cycling to wear a helmet.

If you're planning a holiday to France this summer and are packing your child's bike, as well as your own, be advised that it now law for children under the age of 12 to wear a helmet in the country.

Law was passed last December that made it mandatory for under 12s to wear a helmet when riding a bike or even just as a passenger, and it came into effect on March 22. It affects all French citizens and all visitors.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.