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Does requiring helmets make biking less safe? To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets

Jen Chiou

I'm going to keep wearing a helmet but thought this was interesting:

"if you force or pressure people to wear helmets, you discourage them from riding bicycles. That means more obesity, heart disease and diabetes. And — Catch-22 — a result is fewer ordinary cyclists on the road, which makes it harder to develop a safe bicycling network. "

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  • AnnikaYadah

    The Netherlands is an amazing country for biking and hardly anyone wears a helmet. The car drivers are just very used to having cyclists around and in case of an accident the car will always be held responsible so they better watch out.

  • hass

    Perhaps there is an argument for not having helmet laws, but I think you are crazy not to wear a helmet - you only have one brain.

  • Anna Silverman

    I think it depends on the city. If there are dedicated bike lanes, and motorists who are comfortable sharing the roads with bikers, I might feel okay without a helmet. But in a place like LA, you'd be crazy not to wear one.

    • Jen Chiou

      But from a public policy perspective, if LA said you didn't have to wear a helmet, maybe more people would ride bikes, which could then lead to advocacy for more lanes and more motorists who are comfortable sharing the roads w bikers.