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svelocity:I was hoping more people would comment on how (in the slow-mo) we can clearly see his head/helmet slam the concrete then slide for a few feet...or how without a helmet he would have been seriously injured...or how about the randomness of the event i.e., how we can't control what happens to us when we bike and preparation is the key.Oh well let's not talk about helmets and lets keep talking about how controlling the traffic would have saved the day.
Ninety-one percent of bicyclists killed in 2009 reportedly weren't wearing helmets, the same percentage as 2008.
Most helmetless pions ride at 8 miles and hour, the speed of a recreational jogger
synthetic:helmetless pions... A helmet has saved me from severe injury multiple times.
Geoff:Most helmetless pions ride at 8 miles and hour, the speed of a recreational jogger I'm sure Sigurd would be ashamed to go 8 MPH UPHILL.
Sigurd: I climb Nautilus (between Fay and Scenic), a pretty decent hill (1.4 miles, 6.1%), at 10.6mph. :)
HippyOnaBike: Sigurd: I climb Nautilus (between Fay and Scenic), a pretty decent hill (1.4 miles, 6.1%), at 10.6mph. :)Every. Single. Day!
synthetic:Please take into consideration my opinion on helmets being safe are my PERSONAL opinion and not reflective of any organization.Research has shown that those with helmets ride a bit more aggressive since they believe they have a safety net.... yes you will push yourself faster ; this may skew data on the accident rate survival factor. I like to hit speeds of 24-32mph on flats (dont care about downhill speeds- it becomes a skill instead of a workout) - I can vouch a helmet has protected me from more serious injury on many instances. All sanctioned races require a helmet... so why not get used to it?
billd:The Helmet Dilemma
Hierarchy of hazard control is a system used in industry to minimize or eliminate exposure to hazards
Green Park Bike StationDon't let bogus helmet debate sidetrack need for masses more cycle infrastructure investment by government. Photo credit: BikeBiz Carlton Reid.
bikingbill:I do believe there are studies that confirm the "safety in numbers" hypothesis.
Laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 19 states and the District of Columbia Laws requiring only some motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 28 states There is no motorcycle helmet use law in 3 states (Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire) Some bicyclists are required by law to wear a helmet in 21 states and the District of Columbia There is no bicycle helmet use law in 29 states. No state has a universal bicycle helmet law. Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have statewide bicycle helmet laws, and they apply only to young riders (often riders younger than 16). Local ordinances in a few other states require bicycle helmets for some or all riders.
synthetic:Cars are the majority in cycling related accidents - but there are freak accidents that do occur with out them present
synthetic:Ok I was speaking as in likely hood of death.
gavilan:Going on a tangent here but if I recall correctly, California does not allow motorcyclists to lane split.You "share the lane". ;)