New York Times: To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets

Posted on October 2, 2012 by mabramson

Is the importance of city bike usage more important than wearing a helmet?  The New York Times takes a look a bike sharing programs, helmet usage and the adoption of these programs.  The real question is: do the benefits of getting more people on bikes outweigh the risks of not wearing a helmet while doing so?

"In the United States the notion that bike helmets promote health and safety by preventing head injuries is taken as pretty near God’s truth. Un-helmeted cyclists are regarded as irresponsible, like people who smoke. Cities are aggressive in helmet promotion.

"But many European health experts have taken a very different view: Yes, there are studies that show that if you fall off a bicycle at a certain speed and hit your head, a helmet can reduce your risk of serious head injury. But such falls off bikes are rare — exceedingly so in mature urban cycling systems."

Read the full article here.

 

 

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