A recent study reveals a steady increase in cycling injuries after the helmet law. Between 1991 and 2000, arm injuries doubled (indicating a doubling in accidents), while head injuries increased by 40%. A 1996 cycling survey in Sydney revealed that cycling counts were 48% below 1991. According to the census, cycling in Sydney slightly decreased between 1996 and 2001. This [...]
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Cycling Health New Zealand This site is interesting as it presents a broad range of common-sense arguments, taking the perspective of public health. This is broader than the narrow perspective that helmet zealots insists on, claiming that their exaggerated estimates of helmets effectiveness is all that matters, while ignoring the increase in accidents and injuries, [...]
For more than 15 years, Cycling in Australia & New Zealand has been stuck in the dark ages. Fear, superstition, and ignorance, fueled by misguided campaigns like this one have scared most people off cycling. Many people have had enough of a counterproductive policy whose main result has been to reduce cycling, at the detriment of health & the [...]
An Australian cyclist has made the first ad to repeal the bicycle helmet law, after being inspired by the level of utility cycling among all ages in a trip in Italy. The ad was even available in the mainstream media, not often that australian media shows an ad for free! The ad invites people to [...]
It is good to see an article from a doctor who has actually researched this topic and is able to look at this from a broader perspective, taking into account the damaging effects on health from discouraging cycling. “The best evidence is that [a helmet] doesn’t make any difference to serious head injury when riding a [...]
Helmets: Do’s & Don’ts A pity the author doesn’t seem to know about the mechanics of brain injury, let alone lab studies (here, here & here) showing a helmet can increase angular acceleration, the cause of diffuse injury.
The Bicycle Book Member James is a regular contributer there.
Sue, Mr Rubbo and Australian Bixis Ian Walker on Cycle Helmets Article in the Irish Medical Times by Dr Richard Keatings Page 1 Page 2
Pedalling a healthier lifestyle Safety experts urge cyclists to sit up and take notice Helmet law makes nonsense of bike hire scheme Helmet law hurting shared bike scheme Big Nanny pushes us off our bike Heady freedom as judge agrees helmet laws are unnecessary Bicycle helmet do’s and don’ts With Dutch courage, two wheels triumph [...]
WHAT TO TELL THE KING Helmets protect soldiers and workers, so let’s make cyclists wear them too and save our children from dreaded brain injury. The idea seemed plausible. Surgeons advocated it and as early as 1978 a Federal parliamentary committee on motorcycle and bicycle safety recommended that it be kept under review. The initial [...]