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

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

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.