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Statistics on Bike Helmets

Another interesting article that lays out several studies and findings about the safety and efficacy of bike helmet use and laws. This article is definitely an interesting read, with LOTS of worthwhile statistics on using bike helmets.
What I do find interesting are the these alternative statements that say you motorists may avoid you more (give you a wider berth) if you’re not wearing a helmet, and that riders may actually ride more safely when they don’t wear a helmet. Those things seem counter-intuitive, but I have to wonder if they are true? In studying for our upcoming bike tour, a theme that came up repeatedly is that cars do go around you by a much wider margin if you are pulling a bike trailer.
What do you think?
Al from Bike 4 Bangers

Amplify’d from www.overcomingbias.com

Bike Helmet Doubts

The bike helmet wikipedia page is dominated by helmet skeptics, and there are several well-argued skeptic pages out there, such as this page full of studies.  Consider, for example, the effects of a 1992 helmet law in Western Australia:
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“enforced helmet laws discourage cycling but produce no obvious response in percentage of head injuries”. This study has been the subject of vigorous debate. …  The largest [study], covering eight million cyclist injuries over 15 years, showed no effect on serious injuries and a small but significant increase in risk of fatality. … The head injury rate in the US rose in this study by 40 % as helmet use rose from 18% to 50%
The countries with the best cycle safety records (Denmark and the Netherlands) have among the lowest levels of helmet use. …Read more at www.overcomingbias.com

September 13, 2010 Posted by | Cycling Community, Cycling Law, Cycling News | , | Leave a comment

Should Bike Helmet Laws Be Dumped?

This is an interesting article, that briefly brings up the differing opinions about helmet laws for cyclists. This is definitely an argument to watch.

Personally, I don’t really think laws are needed (although for kids it might be worthwhile). However, if a person were to ride a bike without a helmet … they must be NUTS. Because there is a great probability that your head MIGHT come in contact with something hard at some point or another.

Check out my bike crash experience from 8 months ago. It I wasn’t wearing a helmet, that would have been my head sporting those scrape marks. Not cool! And that was just a simple, 15-minute, 5 mile bike commute morning.
http://speerclan.blogspot.com/2009/11/damaged-goods.html

clipped from www.abc.net.au
Scrap bike helmet law

A public health expert has called for laws making the wearing of bike helmets compulsory to be repealed, to encourage more people to ride bikes.

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Associate Professor Chris Rissel, from Sydney University’s School of Public Health, says the greatest drop in head injuries was in the 80s – before the laws were introduced – because of road safety campaigns and speed controls.

He says the number of head injuries has remained steady since then, creating a case to overturn the helmet law.

Bicycle New South Wales vice-president Richard Birdsey says road safety, not helmet laws, is the biggest turn-off for potential cyclists.

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August 16, 2010 Posted by | Cycling Law | Leave a comment