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2014-05-18 12:11:09 PM  

Earguy: More people suffer serious head injuries in car accidents than in bike accidents.

Ah, another lesson in how to lie with statistics.

How many car accidents occur every year?  How many multiple-passenger cars are there?  In the USA alone, hundreds of thousands, if not millions?  How many bicycle accidents? A few thousand?  So does it stand to reason that there are more head injuries in car accidents than head injuries in bike accidents?

Why am I bothering to type this since you're just trolling anyway.


The article addresses that.
 
2014-05-18 12:13:50 PM  
There's already a head accel standard for airbags and pillars in cars as part if the NHTSA regs.
 
2014-05-18 12:15:30 PM  
I'm an adult.

The government that we all fund with our tax dollars should certainly put together reports/collect data on traffic accidents.  It should be available to the public and if doctors or helmet manufactures want to advertise the dangers - cool.  I can run the numbers and see if I agree whether the difference of likelihood from an accident with vs. without a helmet is worth the associated costs to me.

But please stop passing retarded f***ing laws.
Please.

The annoying ass tickets and harassment from the cops will cause more damage than the danger you are trying to legislate away.
 
2014-05-18 12:16:31 PM  

dryknife: Having passenger seats facing backwards in all vehicles (cars, busses, planes, etc.) would  avoid many serious injuries and save many lives, especially in the case of a plane crash. Will it ever happen? No.


You were saying?

gomotors.net

They manufactured these for 15 years.
 
2014-05-18 12:17:58 PM  
How many of those head injuries are cracked skulls?  Because that's the only thing a helmet does a good job of preventing, as we've seen with all the concussions and CTE in helmeted sports.  Don't get me wrong, preventing cracked skulls is a fantastic thing, but I wouldn't think many of them happen in cars with tons of air bags versus falling off bikes onto concrete.
 
2014-05-18 12:18:39 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Carousel Beast: HeartBurnKid: mark12A: Helmet/seatbelt laws are the thin edge of the wedge. The TOP of the Slippery Slope. Establishing the right of the government to control your personal behavior for the indirect benefit of society.

I'm pretty sure that all laws are designed to restrict personal behavior for the (direct or indirect) benefit of society.  That's kind of the definition of a law.

/oh, and you know the Slippery Slope is a fallacy, right?

Yeah. just ask the smokers.

Yes, yes, I know, banning smoking in restaurants is going to lead to a wholesale ban on smoking any day now.  I get it.


CVS stopped selling cigarettes.
Just sayin'.

/don't care, quit
 
2014-05-18 12:19:10 PM  
Next up: helmet laws for showering.
 
2014-05-18 12:20:36 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Carousel Beast: HeartBurnKid: mark12A: Helmet/seatbelt laws are the thin edge of the wedge. The TOP of the Slippery Slope. Establishing the right of the government to control your personal behavior for the indirect benefit of society.

I'm pretty sure that all laws are designed to restrict personal behavior for the (direct or indirect) benefit of society.  That's kind of the definition of a law.

/oh, and you know the Slippery Slope is a fallacy, right?

Yeah. just ask the smokers.

Yes, yes, I know, banning smoking in restaurants is going to lead to a wholesale ban on smoking any day now.  I get it.


It's just a no-smoking section, it's not like we're banning smoking in restaurants.
...or in bars
..or in all buildings
...or your home
..or outside

And I've never even smoked

/But please, do go on with your "slippery slope is a fallacy" drivel
 
2014-05-18 12:21:00 PM  

sendtodave: Linux_Yes: yea?  you shouldn't have to wear a helmet.

 and when you crack your skull, the taxpayer shouldn't have to treat you.

Aren't you the socialist?



Democratic Socialist to be more precise.  i've seen and heard enough of crony capitalism and its talent for buying off our Legislators and funneling the nation's wealth up to the upper 2%. and when it needs a bailout, goes running to the government.   it's gotten old after 20/30 years.
 
2014-05-18 12:22:24 PM  
cirby:  Oh, by the way, cars will be required to have backup cameras in a couple of years."

Yes and I agree with this, because rear window visibility sucks in many newer cars.
 
2014-05-18 12:23:06 PM  

lindalouwho: Nick Nostril: A couple months ago, I saw a guy wearing an open face motorcycle helmet while driving his car on the highway. Was on my way to work, and I suppose he was to. Was the only time I can remember seeing that outside of a motorcar race.

/csb

There are post-op rehab helmets some people have to wear for a while after accidents or brain surgery.

Or he was just odd.


Ah so.

/ I always tell the kids, when we see someone riding a bike sans helmet, that the rider doesn't have any brains to protect anyway, thus, no helmet required.
 
2014-05-18 12:24:01 PM  
Helmets for everyone. I ride full coverage on my hog. Think about 3/4 maybe not
 
2014-05-18 12:28:38 PM  

Nick Nostril: lindalouwho: Nick Nostril: A couple months ago, I saw a guy wearing an open face motorcycle helmet while driving his car on the highway. Was on my way to work, and I suppose he was to. Was the only time I can remember seeing that outside of a motorcar race.

/csb

There are post-op rehab helmets some people have to wear for a while after accidents or brain surgery.

Or he was just odd.

Ah so.

/ I always tell the kids, when we see someone riding a bike sans helmet, that the rider doesn't have any brains to protect anyway, thus, no helmet required.


I just realized I missed the "while driving his car" part of that Weeners time I read it. I thought it strange, because I see open faced motorcycle helmets all the time.

Yeesh. Moar coffee.
 
2014-05-18 12:33:49 PM  

Linux_Yes: sendtodave: Linux_Yes: yea?  you shouldn't have to wear a helmet.

 and when you crack your skull, the taxpayer shouldn't have to treat you.

Aren't you the socialist?


Democratic Socialist to be more precise.  i've seen and heard enough of crony capitalism and its talent for buying off our Legislators and funneling the nation's wealth up to the upper 2%. and when it needs a bailout, goes running to the government.   it's gotten old after 20/30 years.


Ok, well, uh, shouldn't everyone have to pay for stupid people, then?
 
2014-05-18 12:34:59 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-18 12:37:49 PM  

nekom: doglover: I don't understand why helmets are required for adults. Yes, you could be seriously hurt and brain damaged from a fall off of a bike. Then again, you could just as easily choose to stay home and drink Draino. So much in this world COULD happen, why should we mandate that certain events be safeguarded against while others which are equal or greater risks are not?

My inner libertarian tends to agree, but on the other hand you know we're all paying for these idiots who crack their skulls open and have to undergo tens of thousands of dollars worth of medical treatment.


As someone who works for a company that specializes various therapies for head injury survivors..
You estimates of costs are low.
Factor in therapies, SSDI income, food stamps, housing assististance and assistive tech needs. The cost of a regular working guy suffering a head injury is astronomical. Many TBI survivors also end up in prison. Unfortunately - prison also not a cost effective solution.
 
2014-05-18 12:46:57 PM  

Shadowknight: Shadowknight: As long as you weren't actively killing a person or a gypsy,

This came off unfortunately wrong.  I didn't mean that gypsies weren't people.  I meant that police saw a gypsy, or someone they deemed to be gypsy-like, and they were immediately treated with suspicion.  Spain was a weird place sometimes.

/that bit of racism aside, I loved the country and their bike-friendly ways


Well, there's racism and there's objective recognition of reality. The line is blurrier than it should be in a perfect world.
 
2014-05-18 12:48:59 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: CruJones: We already have seatbelt laws, which are the car equivalent to helmet laws.  I'd be interested to see if seatbelts and helmets save money, I've always heard the anecdotal evidence that they can cause more money spent, as people without helmets (specifically motorcycles) and seatbelts are more likely to die and not need critical care.  No idea if true, but I'm ok with it being a personal choice/risk.

It's complicated..depending how you look at the problem,

http://www.cycle-helmets.com/results.html

Of course the is the land down under. Where just about everything is out to kill you.


women glow and men plunder!
 
2014-05-18 12:53:25 PM  

Linux_Yes: yea?  you shouldn't have to wear a helmet.

 and when you crack your skull, the taxpayer shouldn't have to treat you.


That used to be my argument until my wife, who worked many years as an ER nurse, explained that when a person arrived with trauma no one made sur that they had insurance (or was wearing protective gear). They just treated them.
 
2014-05-18 12:54:14 PM  
Preemptive anti-zombie strike.
 
2014-05-18 12:58:53 PM  

Linux_Yes: yea?  you shouldn't have to wear a helmet.

 and when you crack your skull, the taxpayer shouldn't have to treat you.


The citizens of pretty much every first world nation other than the US would disagree with you on that.
 
2014-05-18 01:00:04 PM  

Radioactive Ass: dryknife: Having passenger seats facing backwards in all vehicles (cars, busses, planes, etc.) would  avoid many serious injuries and save many lives, especially in the case of a plane crash. Will it ever happen? No.

You were saying?

[gomotors.net image 500x375]

They manufactured these for 15 years.


My brother had one of those.  That was back when nobody in the US had ever heard of Subaru.  Another oddity I remember is instead of some crazy coded number for the paint it had a sticker under the hood that said "Paint No. 15"
 
2014-05-18 01:09:14 PM  

Ima4nic8or: What I want is real bike helmets back.  The soft shell pieces of crap they make today are just shiat compared to what they were a few years back.  Bring back the Bell Tour Lite or Bell II.


Protip: If you like a product very intensely, buy enough to last you natural life.  Companies love to change shiat nowadays.

This is why I have an arsenal of Jarts
 
2014-05-18 01:09:22 PM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: demaL-demaL-yeH: *facepalm*
Just get in the corner and stay there, subby.

I don't have the citations on hand (it's Saturday night, cut me some slack) but a car and a bicycle are equally likely to give you a head injury per mile traveled, and a bicycle helmet would prevent a lot of head injuries in cars, but we dismiss the idea as ridiculous for cultural reasons.

I always wear a helmet when I ride on the streets, mostly because my brother had his life saved by a helmet when he was young and I think it models good behavior for kids. But really, requiring people to wear helmets in cars makes as much sense as requiring them to wear them on bikes.

Now, motorcycle head injuries are way beyond car/bicycle head injuries, and I definitely support mandatory helmet laws for them.


I have a motorcycle, bicycle, and car. I do not, and will not, wear a helmet on any of them. fark you and people like you telling me what I should and shouldn't do. It's my god-damned body. If I want to get an abortion, my call. If I want to get a tattoo, my call. If I want to put any drug I want in my system, my call. If I want to kill myself, my call. And if I want to ride around without a helmet, my call. People who want to control other people's bodies, like yourself, are sickening.
 
2014-05-18 01:10:56 PM  

sendtodave: Linux_Yes: sendtodave: Linux_Yes: yea?  you shouldn't have to wear a helmet.

 and when you crack your skull, the taxpayer shouldn't have to treat you.

Aren't you the socialist?


Democratic Socialist to be more precise.  i've seen and heard enough of crony capitalism and its talent for buying off our Legislators and funneling the nation's wealth up to the upper 2%. and when it needs a bailout, goes running to the government.   it's gotten old after 20/30 years.

Ok, well, uh, shouldn't everyone have to pay for stupid people, then?


ah, yes.  except big business and the wealthy don't think so.  if everyone paid the costs, the costs would be low for everyone.

when the middle/working class pays for everything, the burden is much higher for them and the Beautiful People get a free ride.
 
2014-05-18 01:12:48 PM  

Devil's Playground: Linux_Yes: yea?  you shouldn't have to wear a helmet.

 and when you crack your skull, the taxpayer shouldn't have to treat you.

That used to be my argument until my wife, who worked many years as an ER nurse, explained that when a person arrived with trauma no one made sur that they had insurance (or was wearing protective gear). They just treated them.



that is her job.   and everyone gets to pay for it because numbnuts didn't think he looked cool enough wearing a helmet. ignorance can be bliss, for awhile anyway.....
 
2014-05-18 01:16:44 PM  

CaptSS: oa330_man: Maybe I'm clueless, but where in the world is it required that an adult wear a helmet to ride a bicycle?  I ride a lot and sometimes go without a lid.  My reasoning is I want to feel the wind blow through my hair once more, before it's gone.

Your state of Mexico for starters.

http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/helmet_laws.html

or more specifically

http://www.cdc.gov/injury/pdfs/ss/NewMexico_helmet-a.pdf

Yes you are clueless.


I don't have children and am old enough to worry about losing my hair so those laws don't apply to me unless I move to the Virgin Islands.  Since I'm an alpine skier, that's not going to happen anytime soon.  I lived in Germany up to 2005 and rarely saw a cyclist wear a helmet. Like DWI on a bicycle, it's rarely enforced unless the cop is bored or having a bad day.

Another "think of the childrens!" law.
 
2014-05-18 01:21:32 PM  

namegoeshere: LazyMedia: bagumpity: From TFA: It turns out that so many people are turned off cycling by helmets that the the lives saved through the exercise and health benefits of cycling among people is greater than the number of lives saved through helmet use.

Do you know of ANYONE who has said to himself "well, I would ride my bike, if it weren't for that darn helmet taking all the fun out of it?"

Bicycling helmets are so unobtrusive.  The five seconds it takes to make sure I'm not wearing the pointy end out front like an idiot, then snapping the snap under my chin isn't even a blip in the "ride/no-ride" decision.  I'd say weather is the bigger dissuading factor, followed closely by the fact that I'm an old fat guy who avoids exercise at any cost.

Helmets are a pain in the ass when you're OFF the bike. If you're riding from home to work and back, they're fine, but if you're going out to eat or shop or be a tourist, not so much, because you have to carry the stupid thing around.

Can't you lock it to the bike?


Not if you're using a bikeshare bike, where you drop it off at the rental stand and get a different bike when you get back on. It's not that easy to fit a good cable or lock through a bike helmet in a secure way; the holes aren't that big in the plastic, and the strap just unbuckles.
 
2014-05-18 01:30:26 PM  

ZeroPly: Triumph: If Michael Schumacher hadn't been wearing a helmet while skiing, he'd probably be dead now instead of in a coma.

Not necessarily.

I'm a big believer in helmets, since a bicycle helmet saved my life in the 90's, but this logic is just flat out wrong. Risk homeostasis theory is well established, and states that an organism will stay at a certain level of risk, so if Schumacher weren't wearing the helmet, he might have been more careful and never been in the crash in the first place.

When I'm rock climbing and take a fall 300ft off the ground, it's tempting to say "if I weren't using a rope, I'd be dead right now". But the fact remains that if I were free soloing, I would be much more focussed and much more cognizant of each individual move.


The point I was making is the helmet did him virtually no good. He's brain dead.
 
2014-05-18 01:45:38 PM  
Only time I actually needed a helmet was jogging on a snowy rails to trails, slipped, fell back, and slammed the back of my head into the asphalt directly.   Almost passed out for a second.  So I guess, since the possibility exists that you can smash your skull jogging, we should mandate helmets for jogging.
 
2014-05-18 02:02:40 PM  
cdn3.whatculture.com
 
2014-05-18 02:15:41 PM  
It's all about the clean up, you know, keeping kid blood off the sidewalks and all.
 
2014-05-18 02:16:45 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-18 02:57:43 PM  

That Guy Jeff: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: demaL-demaL-yeH: *facepalm*
Just get in the corner and stay there, subby.

I don't have the citations on hand (it's Saturday night, cut me some slack) but a car and a bicycle are equally likely to give you a head injury per mile traveled, and a bicycle helmet would prevent a lot of head injuries in cars, but we dismiss the idea as ridiculous for cultural reasons.

I always wear a helmet when I ride on the streets, mostly because my brother had his life saved by a helmet when he was young and I think it models good behavior for kids. But really, requiring people to wear helmets in cars makes as much sense as requiring them to wear them on bikes.

Now, motorcycle head injuries are way beyond car/bicycle head injuries, and I definitely support mandatory helmet laws for them.

I have a motorcycle, bicycle, and car. I do not, and will not, wear a helmet on any of them. fark you and people like you telling me what I should and shouldn't do. It's my god-damned body. If I want to get an abortion, my call. If I want to get a tattoo, my call. If I want to put any drug I want in my system, my call. If I want to kill myself, my call. And if I want to ride around without a helmet, my call. People who want to control other people's bodies, like yourself, are sickening.


The only way your system of "It's my decision, I'll live with the consequences" works is if society at large adopts a harsh "well, you asked for it" stance on (not) helping people based on their decisions and... no. That's an undo burden that you do not get to levy on everyone else. Your offer is not accepted and your decision not valuable enough to justify upending the prevailing way of life.
 
2014-05-18 03:01:26 PM  
Barfmaker: anti bike lane (I don't quite get how that works but apparently they make cycling more dangerous through some twisted logic).

I can explain it.  In edge-case scenarios, largely low-traffic tertiary streets and residential streets where, in both cases, making it a bike boulevard would be a more appropriate treatment, adding bike lanes tends to put cyclists in the riskiest parts of the street, out of the main sightlines and in the door zones.  Which is why these streets tend to become bike boulevards instead of getting bike lanes if the city engineers know their shiat at all.

That said, on major streets, bicycle lanes do improve the situation for both cyclists and faster traffic alike, for obvious reasons.  Though why the Federal Highway Administration only expects a 4-foot-wide minimum for bicycle lanes adjacent to faster traffic is, literally, incomprehensible; Oregon and Oklahoma get it right by requiring six foot minimums on bike lanes adjacent to a motor vehicle lane in the same direction or any lane in the opposite direction, with both states tending to prefer a 7 foot width for bike lanes.
 
2014-05-18 03:09:46 PM  

HeartBurnKid: /oh, and you know the Slippery Slope is a fallacy, right?


Yes, it's a logical fallacy.  Trouble is, life isn't a philosophy classroom, and people aren't logical entities.

Your post suggests that your education has surpassed your intelligence, or at least your life experience.  Your mental model of human nature is either defective, immature, or simply nonexistent.  You should feel bad but you probably don't.
 
2014-05-18 03:16:31 PM  

Man On Pink Corner: HeartBurnKid: /oh, and you know the Slippery Slope is a fallacy, right?

Yes, it's a logical fallacy.  Trouble is, life isn't a philosophy classroom, and people aren't logical entities.


That is true, and it's proven by every single person in this thread not only behaving as if the Slippery Slope Fallacy is how things work and must work in the real world.  Including you.

Man On Pink Corner: Your mental model of human nature is either defective, immature, or simply nonexistent. You should feel bad but you probably don't.


Right back at you, babe.
 
2014-05-18 03:20:20 PM  

KidneyStone: I think mandatory helmet laws (for motorcycles) suck.

Having said that, I've had three low speed dumps - I wouldn't go so far as to say crashes - and hit my head each time.  I don't even remember hitting my head but the scratches on my helmet told me I did.  So i almost always wear my helmet.  The only exception is very short rides where it's legal.


Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, where we only got mandatory insurance laws since I've been living here (and I've been in Oklahoma 4 years as of June 20), we still don't have mandatory helmet laws, and the frequency I see motorcyclists wearing a helmet is about the same frequency as I find picnic plazas on the turnpikes (they just took all of them out recently, and they're in the process of closing down the concessions plazas now, for some godawful reason, meaning you'll be paying toll for a 100+ mile drive with no services whatsoever; kind of wish HoJo's would make a comeback and take over the concessions plazas again).

That said, I can't fathom why anybody would ride 30+ MPH without a full helmet, or 50+ without leathers, but I see people riding 70+ barefoot in cutoffs and a t-shirt, no helmet, all the time on the highways here.  It's like they hate life or something...
 
2014-05-18 03:25:05 PM  

doglover: I don't understand why helmets are required for adults. Yes, you could be seriously hurt and brain damaged from a fall off of a bike. Then again, you could just as easily choose to stay home and drink Draino. So much in this world COULD happen, why should we mandate that certain events be safeguarded against while others which are equal or greater risks are not?


Because we're tired of keeping the veggies watered? It's costly to those that aren't stupidly hurting themselves.
 
2014-05-18 03:25:20 PM  

HeartBurnKid: That is true, and it's proven by every single person in this thread not only behaving as if the Slippery Slope Fallacy is how things work and must work in the real world. Including you.


Q to the ED, then, broheim.
 
2014-05-18 03:28:03 PM  

itsaidwhat: It's all about the clean up, you know, keeping kid blood off the sidewalks and all.


That's why the cops keep Coca-Cola syrup in their trunks.


/Read it on the internets
 
2014-05-18 03:28:22 PM  

dragonchild: American drivers are bad.


And I have to trust my life to them when I'm on the job!  I bike when I'm not working and I drive on the job every day.  One reason to love middle America, and the Ozarks in particular:  People ride horses on the highway, the Amish drive horsecarts on the highway, and Arkansas in general tends to be bike friendly (especially towns the size of Hot Springs or Fort Smith and larger).  Bike boulevards often wind up on low-traffic multilane streets (easily identifiable because you're on a 4-6 lane street and all lanes have sharrows on them), except in Arkansas where they say "fark it" and generously post "BICYCLES HAVE PRIORITY" and/or "BICYCLES MUST TAKE FULL LANE" signs every block (extremely common in Hot Springs).  So, there's a bit of a network immunity effect in play thanks to slow moving vehicles or animals already being commonplace on the road.
 
2014-05-18 03:30:23 PM  
I don't understand why helmets are required for adults. Yes, you could be seriously hurt and brain damaged from a fall off of a bike. Then again, you could just as easily choose to stay home and drink Draino. So much in this world COULD happen, why should we mandate that certain events be safeguarded against while others which are equal or greater risks are not?

For the same reason that seat belts are mandatory. I pay higher insurance rates because of the more extensive injuries suffered by idiots who don't wear seatbelts. his is just another example of everyone else having to pay for the stupidity of others. It would be far more equitable if injuries incurred when not wearing a seat belt weren't covered, an idea that casualty companies have been discussing for some time.
 
2014-05-18 03:35:25 PM  

StopDaddy: Independent action, independent consequences. I'm all for libertarianism provided those libertarians don't expect other people to pay for their dumb choices.


Then you hate libertarianism.  It's all about outsourcing the risk to the public while privatizing the benefit.
 
2014-05-18 03:37:57 PM  
Some numbers I found interesting, some related and some only Baconly related:

* In 2009, cycling was also the leading cause of sports-related head injuries, causing 85,389 injuries; football, in second, caused 46,948. Overall, cycling caused over 20% of all head injuries. (Link)

* About 90 percent of bicyclists killed in the United States in 2009 were not wearing helmets. (Link)

* It is estimated that 85% of head injuries in bicycle accidents can be prevented by wearing a helmet (Link)

* 51% of TBI (traumatic brain injuries) are caused by Motor Vehicle Accidents (Link)

* Motorcycles make up ~3% of all registered vehicles in the United States and account for only ~0.4% of all vehicle miles traveled. However, motorcycle crashes accounted for ~10% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities and, per mile traveled, are ~37 times more lethal than automobile crashes. Head injuries were estimated to be the cause of death in >50% of these fatalities. It is estimated that only 50% of motorcyclists routinely wear helmets. (Link)

* In 1975 there were 1,384 passenger vehicle occupant deaths and 2,078 combined pedestrian and bicyclist deaths; in 2004, 1,165 passenger vehicle occupant deaths and 372 combined pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. (Link)

* In 2013, it was stated that the motor vehicle death rate was 13.8 per 100,000 people, and 1.3 100 million vehicle miles traveled (Link)

* Pedal cyclist deaths on public roads: 0.24 deaths per 100,000 (Link)
 
2014-05-18 03:44:13 PM  
www.clarksvilleonline.com

Why should soldiers exclusively have driving helmets?  That they get for free?

Demand free government driving helmets for everyone. Contact your congressman today!
 
2014-05-18 03:51:46 PM  
This article makes a great test!

If you didn't immediately spot the intentional misrepresentation in his very first chart, you need to take a statistics class.

/Not a joke. I'm dead serious.
 
2014-05-18 03:55:24 PM  

RainDawg: Because bycyclists are more valuable to society and actually have brains to protect. Unlike motorists.


You say that, but here's my reaction when I see a cyclist interpret the Idaho Stop to mean they can lanesplit to the front (illegal) and are allowed to run a red light without looking (also illegal, even with the idaho stop law in place) at an intersection like 71st and Memorial...

i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-18 03:56:42 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: * In 2009, cycling was also the leading cause of sports-related head injuries, causing 85,389 injuries; football, in second, caused 46,948. Overall, cycling caused over 20% of all head injuries


Unless we're talking BMX, pump track or velodrome accidents, I'd categorize cycling as a transportation mode, not a sport, since that's why the vast majority of people, even in the US, bicycle.
 
2014-05-18 04:01:59 PM  
I've seen many people, in years past, suffer the consequences of not wearing a helmet. Some are paralyzed, some are quads, and some off kilter by more than a bit. I think the most profound time I can remember, was a middle aged, paunchy guy run a stop sign in our neighborhood, saw a truck going a different direction almost stop, then hit the gas. Guy was maybe 5 feet from truck, bounced off the front of it, it was like "crack the whip" the whip part being the guys head. His arms just folded up when he hit the ground. Was pretty horrific for me to see, but I had my young son with me, he saw it too.
We had a new strip center built about a mile from my house, one day, cutting through it, my bike steering wheel shot to one side, and before I knew it, was on the pavement. They had put in the speed bumps, but hadn't painted them yet. Crunched my then new $80 helmet.
Will not think of riding without one. Don't wanna end up a crip, or worse a Busey.
 
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