Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Why don't we require helmets for walking and driving?

Walking and driving are just as dangerous as biking — but they don't require helmets. ...

Back in the early 1990s, Australia collected good data on head injuries for walking, biking, and driving. (This was before the country imposed mandatory helmet laws for bikers.) And what they found was that biking was only slightly more dangerous than walking or driving:


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Other data shows that despite increased voluntary helmet use by adults in the US and Great Britain, the overall number of cyclist fatalities hasn't been affected. ...

One can be blamed on drivers: perhaps for subconscious reasons, they seem to be less careful around helmeted cyclists. ...

Many people also suggest that wearing a helmet makes cyclists themselves less cautious in their riding, increasing the chance of an accident.