Archive for the ‘Myths’ Category

The myth that cycling is dangerous

You’ve heard it again and again: “Cycling is dangerous” When we keep hearing the same statement again and again, we end up believing it. This is a well-known manipulation technique, mentioned by Daniel Kanheman in his acclaimed book “Thinking fast and slow“: “A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because […]

The fallacy of the cracked helmet

We tend to look at a cracked helmet and assume it is “proof” it saved a life. Actually, a cracked helmet has failed to work as intended: “The next time you see a broken helmet, suspend belief and do the most basic check – disregard the breakages and look to see if what’s left of […]

The myth that bicycle helmets protect against brain injury

Abstract Brain injury is caused by rotational acceleration. Bicycle helmets are not designed to protect against it. In some circumstances they can increase it, causing permanent disability. blank What surgeons say This article reports from a surgeon who operates on cyclists: ” “The ones with brain swelling, that’s diffuse axonal injury, and that’s bad news” … the […]

My helmet saved my life!

Abstract After the helmet law, many cyclists insisted that their helmets had saved them. Yet cycling injuries tripled. Why? Because helmets increase the risk of accidents.  What the data tells us Here are some stats on cycling death & serious injury for children in NSW, before and after the helmet law. Two years after the […]

Do helmets really protect racing cyclists?

Most sport cyclists wear a helmet as it is “obvious” it protects.  Does it? Since mandatory helmets, deaths of professional cyclists while racing have doubled: “The helmet rule for professional cyclists was brought by the UCI in 2003 following the death of Andrei Kivlev during the Paris-Nice race. Since then deaths of professional cyclists while racing have […]

Are bicycle helmets dangerous?

Abstract Helmets protect against minor skull injuries like bruises and lacerations. Helmets: increase the risk of accidents increase the risk of neck injury increase the risk of brain injury It is not safe to assume that the protection outweighs the risks.   Some politicians claim “Helmets save lives“. Is this true? CRAG has asked for evidence, […]

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