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Boston cracking down on cyclists without helmets

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BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Boston is cracking down on bicyclists who don't wear their helmets, especially riders who use bike share or rental programs like Hubway.

When you buy an access pass or membership, Hubway requires you to use a helmet. However, FOX 25 caught more than a few offenders playing by their own rules. Survey counts by the Boston Bikes program have shown that about 30-percent of riders don't wear helmets. Other studies show even higher numbers.

Under Mass. State law, people 16 and under are required to wear a helmet. According to massbike.org, the fine for not wearing a helmet is up to $20 and you could get your bike taken away.

The Boston Public Health Commission says it is just common sense. According to their data, helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by 85-percent and the risk of brain injury by 88-percent.

The city's first bike helmet vending machine is set to be installed at the public library in the spring of 2013. With the help of participating vendors, cyclists can get a helmet for as little as $5.

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