Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Helmet This ( Cali History )

When I set out the build the Shop Truck, it was just that idea of having a runner that my old lady could get a little comfortable on long rides. I figured she earned that after riding many miles on my rigids with her legs around my waste. The bike ended up being a little more than just a runner. I look at this bike now and to me it exemplifies pure purposeful, utilitarian hand built road dog. Lot's of the parts are from all over, but when I dropped the rear fender on it, that pretty much topped it off.

You see, what seems like a cheesy silly paint job to most, actually says volumes if you look hard enough. Only one person to date noticed, Dan Collins.

 pic by Steve Moster

In 1967, the federal government began requiring states to enact motorcycle helmet use laws to qualify for certain federal safety program and highway construction funds. Forty states enacted universal helmet use laws that went into effect by the end of 1969. By 1975, all but three states mandated helmets for all motorcyclists.
As the US Department of Transportation moved in 1976 to assess financial penalties on states without helmet laws, Congress responded to state pressure by revoking federal authority to assess penalties for noncompliance. Between 1976 and 1978, 20 states weakened their helmet use laws to apply only to young riders, usually those younger than 18. Eight states repealed helmet use requirements for all motorcyclists.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, several states reinstated helmet laws applying to all riders. In the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, Congress created incentives for states to enact helmet use and safety belt use laws. States with both laws were eligible for special safety grants, but states that had not enacted them by October 1993 had up to 3 percent of their federal highway allotment redirected to highway safety programs.

California's helmet use law covering all riders took effect on January 1, 1992 

Notice the date this was painted.  "The Air Brush"  Santa Cruz "92"

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