A good cycling policy makes cycling so safe no-one even thinks about wearing helmets.
Holland’s there already. So is Denmark. And Japan. And parts of Germany. How long until the leaders of other so-called developed nations cotton on to this simple concept?
An objective review of research on bike helmets makes it clear they are developed simply to protect cyclists from solo accidents that don’t involve other vehicles. If you’re a racing cyclist and bullet around at high speeds it might be an idea to wear one. At lower speeds it is pretty much impossible to crash and hit your head. It’s usually your arms or legs that get hurt. And if your town does so little to protect cyclists that you are hit by a car on your bike, there’s no helmet that will protect you.
[In the NL and Denmark] instead of promoting bike helmets, we tackle the cars and the other traffic. Traffic calming, speed limit reductions. We are also promoting air bags on the outside of cars. They already exist.
If you promote bike helmets, you will have less cyclists. It’s that simple. There is so much research that shows this.
It’s about what kind of society you want to live in. [link]