<sigh> must we continue to argue about helmets?
1) I wear a helmet all the time (while riding my bike)*. Never while
driving a car*. Why is that I wonder? (I personally know two different people
with traumatic brain injuries sustained while riding in a car – both injuries
changed the personalities and lives of those people, quite negatively).
2) I don’t think we need peer reviewed studies to agree that wearing a
helmet can reduce the chance/severity of head injury of a person involved in a
3) It should be obvious (even without a peer reviewed study) that
preventing crashes in the first place is better than mitigating their
4) Another peer reviewed study undertaken in Australia showed that a
helmet designed for motorists would reduce head injuries by 67%
Therefore, if we really wanted to reduce the severity and frequency of head
injuries, we should first try to prevent the crashes that cause them (and it is
becoming clearer that separating modes is one of the best ways to do that
and THEN mitigate the consequences of the crash. For everyone. That is, if
we’re going to require (or even encourage) helmet use, why aren’t we requiring
it for both motor vehicle drivers and cyclists?
Perhaps it’s because many of us continue to view cycling as dangerous, and
don’t think of driving the same way.
(yes, this is all overly simplified. Isn’t everything that you can fit on one
*ok, once in the last year I rode 5 blocks to the co-op on my cargo bike
without a helmet, and 25 years ago I occasionally raced cars and wore a helmet
when driving on the track, but generally the above is true of me.
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From: Bikies [mailto:bikies-boun...@lists.danenet.org] On Behalf Of Harald
Kliems via Bikies
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:05 PM
To: Scott Morris Rose; Bikies
Subject: Re: [Bikies] Bicycle helmets reduce risk of serious head injury by
nearly 70%, study finds
It should be noted that this is not a new study per se, but a meta-analysis,
that is, the author analyzed a lot of other studies and summarized their
findings. Rune Elvik did the same thing a couple years back and came to very
different conclusions: http://www.cycle-helmets.com/elvik.pdf
It'll require some careful reading to see how they each reached their different
On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 1:58 PM Scott Morris Rose via Bikies
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).
I suppose the money quote is "... reduce the risks of a serious head injury by
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...
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