Bob Falfa: How about this: get rid of all bicycle & motorcycle helmet laws, then let Darwin do his thing.It will sort itself out.
numbone: Bob Falfa [TotalFark]How about this: get rid of all bicycle & motorcycle helmet laws, then let Darwin do his thing.It will sort itself out.Problem is, government just won't let Darwin do his job. At this point he'll probably never catch up.
cptjeff: I don't know what the law is, but you want to know how to improve bike safety in the DC area? Require bikes to use lights at night. And be willing to enforce it. I have very nearly hit bikers on quite a few occasions around here when for some reason, idiots decide that it's a really bright idea to bike around, on occasion even without reflectors, but definitely without lights, usually without helmets, at dusk, or even in the dead of night. If you're that much of an idiot, you honestly deserve to get hit by a car.
zez: There really isn't any reason not to wear one.
sirrerun: Bike helmet laws are a conspiracy by the petroleum to sell more plastic.The speed most casual cyclists ride at is not dangerous enough to warrant a helmet.I've ridden bikes extensively in urban areas for 40+ years without a helmet, and have never come close to having an accident involving head trauma.I just recently started wearing helmets on hill rides, but even then I don't really feel vulnerable without one.I'd never ride my motorbike w/o a helmet, though. But I'd prefer the rest of the country allow lane-splitting than worry about helmet laws.
eiger: Wasn't there some study in the Netherlands that found that, counter-intuitively, requiring helmets actually increased fatalities? Something about wearing them made bicyclists less cautious. It was a few years ago, and I'm too lazy to google it on a Saturday morning.
MythDragon: Bob Falfa: How about this: get rid of all bicycle & motorcycle helmet laws, then let Darwin do his thing.It will sort itself out.Agreed.Used to blow my mind to see people in FL ride motorcycles with nothing but shorts and sandels. I would at least wear helmet, gloves, boots, and a long sleeve shirt (for local low-speed rides) and leather jacket if I was gonna get on a main road.As these people will only be hurting themselves, I say go for it. The government can only protect you from yourself for so long.
OccamsWhiskers: My big objection to mandatory helmet laws is that it discourages cycling
BiffDangler: OccamsWhiskers: My big objection to mandatory helmet laws is that it discourages cyclingYou know, you are welcome to cycle all you want without having to feel validated by everyone else thinking they need to be a hip as you.
oukewldave: So what do you no-helmet bicycle geniuses say about preventing a car from not stopping at stop signs or pulling out of driveways before driving over the intersecting bike path? I rode my bike for my 4 mile trip to work with a bike path along the entire way less than a dozen times and have been inches from being T boned three times or slamming into the side of a car once because they don't stop and look. I stopped riding and sticking to parks.
farkeruk: Someone in the UK did a test with helmet on and off and used sensors and found that cars drive closer when wearing a cycle helmet than not. He also found that putting on a woman's wig made cars give him more room.http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/articles/archive/overtaking110906.ht mlIf you want to improve bike safety, make yourself farking visible, ffs. Had a near miss when a guy rode past my junction wearing a black jacket, dark trousers and no lights at night. Lights and if possible, a hi-viz (or at least, wear a brighter jacket than farking black).
Archie Goodwin: Step 1: Wear a bicycle helmetseat belt.Step 2: Get hit by a carDrive into lake.Step 3: Die anyway.
Archie Goodwin: Step 1: Wear a bicycle helmet.Step 2: Get hit by a car.Step 3: Die anyway.
Elfich: Bob Falfa: How about this: get rid of all bicycle & motorcycle helmet laws, then let Darwin do his thing.It will sort itself out.Unfortunately on the way out the door the non helmet riders will be in a coma for several weeks to months before dying costing a couple thousand dollars a day while in the hospital./Yes I wear my helmet when biking. To many accidents.
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