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).
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.
RandomAxe: First, cyclists wearing helmets tend to be much less aware of their surroundings. Not necessarily oblivious, but on average less aware.
Bob Falfa: How about this: get rid of all bicycle & motorcycle helmet laws, then let Darwin do his thing.It will sort itself out.
Archie Goodwin: Step 1: Wear a bicycle helmet.Step 2: Get hit by a car.Step 3: Die anyway.
Archie Goodwin: Step 1: Wear a bicycle helmetseat belt.Step 2: Get hit by a carDrive into lake.Step 3: Die anyway.
OccamsWhiskers: My big objection to mandatory helmet laws is that it discourages cycling
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.
zez: There really isn't any reason not to wear one.
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