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mfutch:I wish I knew how to program a bot to comment on every single news story about an auto accident with just the following question, "Was he wearing a helmet?" Or when a pedestrian is hit by a car, "Was he wearing a helmet?" Because lord knows there is somebody who does that on every single bicycle crash story. Such a loaded question intended to shift blame onto the cyclist.
PacMUle:LOL! WTF!?! who buys this crap?...http://hypebeast.com/2011/11/bianchi-by-gucci-bike-helmet/
We are scaring people away from a life-extending transport form by making it look more dangerous. The question that never gets raised is: why aren’t car occupants encouraged or forced to wear helmets? Or pedestrians? These two groups have a higher risk of head injury than cyclists.
billd:Whenever you post that video, you should also post this rebuttal, just to be fair:http://www.bhsi.org/danish.htmIt's not simple. People should weigh the facts for themselves and decide for themselves.
bikingbill:To be fair, that rebuttal is from the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.
mileco:^^^^^^^^^TOTALLY AGREE about drivers being more at risk. 49% of head injuries resulting in traumatic brain injury (TBI) come from . . . (drumroll, please) CAR CRASHES.
mfutch:Living is more dangerous than bicycling. I'm giving it up.
HippyOnaBike: Don't be 'too cool' for a helmet. I wear one, and I'm VERY cool :face-angel:
markphilips:Creative use of colored ductape seen at my son's school. Did you know that ductape is now available in many colors including camouflage? Check out your local hardware stores for availability.
Whilst there are opportunities to improve training for cyclists and drivers, too often it is the design of our roads, particularly our junctions, which bring bikes into conflict with larger, heavier vehicles. Many of the high-profile deaths of cyclists, particularly in London, have been women riders who were wearing a helmet, and who were experienced – neither factors which saved them when they got hit by an HGV. We believe that safe areas for people to walk and cycle should be created, particularly in populated areas where people live and go to school or work or the shops. At present approximately 75% of all regular cyclists in the UK are men; we believe that focusing on creating attractive and safe conditions for riding a bicycle have a much larger possibility of enacting positive change within society – most especially for women and families - with all the wider benefits that increased riding will bring (less congestion, less pollution, fitter population etc).Mandating helmet use for those who are comfortable cycling in our present road conditions, whilst not considering those who would like to cycle but are too afraid is not the way forwards for a safe, successful and equitable society.
WonderProfessor:...Now, I am always very happy to see other riders without helmets. Why? Because there are always so many deserving individuals in serious need of organ transplants......Do you now see what a wonderful service to our Great Society the helmet-less riders are providing? We thank them for their sacrifice!...
Sigurd:If not - why all the hate and anger towards fellow cyclists? Aren't we as cyclists divided and marginalized enough as it is?
bikingbill:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_homeostasis"it's been found that drivers behave less carefully around bicyclists wearing helmets than around unhelmeted riders."http://www.educatedguesswork.org/movabletype/archives/2006/09/risk_homeostasi_1.html
Sigurd: WonderProfessor:...Now, I am always very happy to see other riders without helmets. Why? Because there are always so many deserving individuals in serious need of organ transplants......Do you now see what a wonderful service to our Great Society the helmet-less riders are providing? We thank them for their sacrifice!...I shall assume this is sarcasm. If not - why all the hate and anger towards fellow cyclists? Aren't we as cyclists divided and marginalized enough as it is?
Geoff:Didn't help David Ortiz. Around 5 tons of vehicles made sure his Styrofoam and plastic shell were so obliterated, that initial reports believed he WASN'T wearing a helmet.
Your example of taking your helmet off at 3 MPH is the only time the helmet could protect you. Their safety certification tests for the equivalent of falls from less than 12 MPH, not collisions with cars or going over the handlebars at high speeds.
Helmets are unnecessary when society accepts bicycling as a legitimate form of transportation. I simply avoid the risky behavior that would lead to a fall (i.e. speeding, running red lights and stop signs, and riding the wrong way, riding drunk). That's all helmets are meant for: falls.
Sigurd:I shall assume this is sarcasm.
WonderProfessor:Uh, I guess it's not working as a joke if you have to explain yourself, huh? My apologies. There was no intent to spread hate and anger towards fellow cyclists. It was meant to deal with a serious topic in a playful manner.
svelocity: bikingbill:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_homeostasis"it's been found that drivers behave less carefully around bicyclists wearing helmets than around unhelmeted riders."http://www.educatedguesswork.org/movabletype/archives/2006/09/risk_homeostasi_1.htmlTotal and utter rubbish. Not the study or risk homeostasis but anyone who uses that study as a basis for not wearing a helmet. I'm calling BS. I can just hear someone say: "Hey because I don't wear a helmet cars give me extra room when they pass me." Yeah, a whole 3 inches! What about every other obstacle bicyclists face? Will your head be 100% safe from all accidents if you wear one, no. But my brain is the only thing that makes me money and supports my family so I'm gonna put a protective shell around it. It at least gives me a sporting chance. Do I care if you wear a helmet or not, yes but it's your decision and I usually don't say anything. However, any reason I've ever heard anyone put forward for not wearing a helmet amounts to total BS. Sorry, but it's true.
mfutch:Pedantic victor charlie dissection...go!