The Guardian reports on a paper given at the Safety 2016 conference which
reports on results of a large-scale study of bicycle helmet use in the
Australian state of New South Wales (which is where Sidney is).

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/sep/22/bicycle-helmets-reduce-risk-of-serious-head-injury-by-nearly-70-study-finds

I suppose the money quote is "... reduce the risks of a serious head injury
by nearly 70%."

NSW has long had a mandatory helmet law, which has been unpopular with some
in the past and more in the present - the fine for not wearing a helmet has
recently risen from $71 to $319 ($240US). Not having a bell? $106. Not
stopping at a ped crossing? $425. Coming out of a jusrisdiction that is
evidently hell-bent of criminalizing cycling is sure to bring the
legitimacy of the study into question, rightfully or wrongfully.

More grist for the mill...

-- 
S. Rose
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