Mikael Colville-Andersen: Why we shouldn't wear bike helmets http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ Mikael Colville-Andersen shares his anti-helmet opinion and research at a TEDx talk. en-us <function copyright at 0x6764668> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:52:53 GMT hit the nail on it's head
The trouble is, this is an irrational fear as people on bicycles have no more risk of injury than people who walk. Another problem is there is little clear evidence helmets have been effective at reducing injury for cyclists.

Attention given helmets takes away from more effective ways to keep cyclists safe (like safe infrastructure), so stop wasting time suggesting cyclists need to wear helmets, that just makes things worse.]]>
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safer streets and paths the answer not this rhetoric http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 841243d0-74ac-11e2-8ebd-1231394043be Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:38:27 GMT Stop the fear mongering
A cheap adverting stunt, shame on you. This is definetley not going to make anyone safer.
Safe roads does. Insurance companies rely of fear to sell policies. Please don't discourage cycling like this. Pay for advertising space to spread your fear.]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 4544decc-7224-11e2-926d-1231394043be Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:18:08 GMT
Balance For Cyclists http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 821a753a-716d-11e2-9c18-1231394043be Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:29:52 GMT Studies; not again! http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ c9d2fb4a-6e61-11e2-b5ac-1231394043be Sun, 03 Feb 2013 16:28:25 GMT If you ride a bike, a helmet is essential. http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 4ca72386-6b3b-11e2-ba3e-1231394043be Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:15:20 GMT good point
Race car drivers do wear helmets in cars. Bicycle helmets are poorly designed and tested for real world situations. Their protection level is probably as questionable as you mentioned as would be for helmets in cars.

However, large cars do provide an advantage when colliding with a smaller vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist, for the occupants of the larger car. It does not make them safer, though. In roll-overs, or when the vehicle strikes a solid object, larger cars and pickup trucks seems quite more dangerous than smaller vehicles; as the laws of physics would indicate. Also, SUVs and trucks with a higher centre of gravity roll over easier than smaller cars. This type of accident is a major cause of head and neck injuries. Car accidents are responsible for 50-70% of all head injuries, and cyling accidents, less than 1%.

Your large vehicle only provide more protection in very limited situations. For this minimal protection, people have to suffer the health effects of the pollution caused by cars, others have to die in wars, etc. Cars also need very expensive infrastructure to operate on; roads parking lots, etc.

Bicycle communting and recreation solve many of these problems. More cycling causes
a reduction in pollution, safer roads and need much less infrastructure. This translates to major savings on health bills. This has been proved over and over in bicycle friendly countries. All those countries have one thing in commom; nobody wears bicycle helmets. Cycling itself is safe and makes it safer for everybody else. The helmet discourages cycling and draws the attention away from the real safety issues. Thanks]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 1871302c-6814-11e2-9e16-1231394043be Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:57:09 GMT
applied formula to autos? As a point of note regarding automobiles, i drive a 6000 lb [3 tonne] vehicle because i have seen and experienced the results of a small car hitting a large one; physics prevails and the people in the small one always loses. I figure it is a small fuel use cost increase compared to the costs of living after a major injury. If you go check out crash test ratings, they always equal mass cars are hitting one another; i have not seen one that compares vehicles with one twice the mass of the other.
I know we cannot mandate sanity nor prevent ignorant or destructive individuals from living or proliferating, that is why the rest of us must weight the cost when involving ourselves in activities where we are at the whim of those around us. ]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ e8dc1244-6725-11e2-9976-1231394043be Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:32:08 GMT
applied formula http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ e61e6b74-5ae1-11e2-9ca1-1231394043be Wed, 09 Jan 2013 20:55:04 GMT So why do we really wear helmets? http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 0efa0554-5a7d-11e2-bb46-1231394043be Wed, 09 Jan 2013 08:53:14 GMT Real safety Comparing a seatbelt to a bicycle helmet really does not improve bicycle safety. Thanks...]]> http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ e3152ba4-493c-11e2-addf-1231394043be Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:01:03 GMT Mandatory? No. But... http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ d7d333fa-48bd-11e2-9523-1231394043be Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:51:38 GMT Whatever
The majority of cyclists around the world do not wear helmets, for really good reasons! Cycling is safe!]]>
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hypocritical http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 6687968e-460e-11e2-bd27-1231394043be Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:50:43 GMT No helmet
Let me drop a 20lb chunk of pavement on your skull from 3' while you're wearing a cheap $15.00 Bell helmet from Walmart....then let me do it without. Convinced?

With that said, I don't think you should be forced to wear a helmet...chances may be slim you'll have a life-saving experience with a helmet, no matter how may hours you ride...but only an idiot says that those experiences don't happen. So, I encourage YOU not to wear a helmet...and don't let YOUR monkey-ass kids wear them either.]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ e3174082-4578-11e2-83fe-1231394043be Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:00:28 GMT
What's the difference? It does not protect significantly and any law requiring a helmet is unreaslist.

My children cycle without helmets. They tend to do less risky things without the helmet than some kids with helmets. I have also noticed that a very high percentage of children does not wear their helmets properly, even under adult supervision. A bicycle helmet cannot be worn properly because the strap will choke you if you strap it on tight enough that it will stay on your head during a significant impact.

Helmets do not prevent rotational injuries, it can increase their severity.]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ d297bef2-3d81-11e2-a2df-1231394043be Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:44:16 GMT
time and place for everything http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ a0102eb2-3b63-11e2-abce-1231394043be Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:03:04 GMT Disagree to perceived safty of helmet
What about the fact that helmets cause an increase in rotational forces on the brain which will cause an injury to be more severe. The same hold true for some neck injuries. Also a helmet is designed for simple falls that will protect you against focal injuries. There is no helmet on the market that will protect you against rotational injuries, which accounts to almost 75% of brain injuries. A helmet will not protect from the violent forces involved in case a car hits a person on a bicycle..

The health benefits of cycling outweighs the risks by 20:1, according to the British Medical Association. That means to me that cycling is safer that most activities in life. Helmet promotion makes this safe activity look dangerous. Driving a car is one the most dangerous things in everyday life despite all the mandated safety equipment. Where are the helmets for cars?]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ d17eef8e-372a-11e2-aced-1231394043be Sun, 25 Nov 2012 10:06:21 GMT
this:
In the seventies, we were driving 50 mph on the highway, and 25 everywhere else. There were 70% fewer drivers on the roads, no cell phones or texting, and neighborhoods still flourished with families. Since then, everything has sped up.

Bikes are faster. We are faster. Helmets do save lives. We wear them to protect ourselves from ourselves, from cars that don't care. I have personally broken helmets into 6 pieces with my head. You don't get up or walk away from that without a helmet on. I promise.

Bikes don't hurt people, people hurt themselves and bikes! ]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 1deea90a-35c7-11e2-8b3d-1231394043be Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:40:09 GMT
Not jumping on the bandwagon.
Now I'm not going to sit here and microscopically analyze the benefits of not wearing a helmet against wearing one but for myself, I will continue to cycle both as a form of recreation and as a form of commuting to and from work... and do so *with* a helmet. Peddle on brothers and sisters around the world!]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 105f0942-35c2-11e2-924a-1231394043be Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:03:58 GMT
Helmets are more than crash protection
I think it is wrong to encourage helmet use by scare tactics. Bicycling IS a very safe activity and risk of injury is minimal. But head trauma is so serious and costly in every way that even the minimal protection offered by a bike helmet is reasonable. I think helmets ought to be promoted on a completely different basis.

My helmet is also a visibility devise - it is bright yellow and festooned with reflective tape. I've attached small LED lights front and back to further enhance night-time visibility. I have a rear mirror mounted on my helmet - being able to scan behind me is a positive cue, a reward, if you will, that encourages my habit of wearing a helmet. I challenge helmet manufacturers to come up with other cues and rewards, built into the helmet, that would provide further desirable functionality. At minimal cost, a rear camera could be built into a helmet; a clear visor could also serve as a data display, activated by voice command. Too costly/futuristic? I disagree. These devices already exist in today's modern cell phones. Google has already designed a clear screen display that is being evaluated for use as vision optics. The point is that helmets ought to be promoted without scaring bicyclists, and opportunities abound for ways to do that. ]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 8eef590e-132d-11e2-ba14-1231394043be Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:55:16 GMT
Love the bike... love my helmet
I can get behind the idea that it gives a false sense of security when it comes to some types of injuries. I can get behind the idea that it shouldn't be required. But wearing a helmet is not BAD. Not by a long shot.

I have my own story to tell here.

When I was 8, I was riding my bike around the cul-de-sac where I lived. I turned into the driveway, and my bike skidded on some gravel and slid out sideways from under me. I sliced my head open at my eyebrow. Broke my glasses. If I hadn't been wearing glasses, I'd probably have lost an eye.

This was in the early 1980's, so... no helmet.

Didn't get on a bike again until last year, when we got bike sharing in my city and I was intrigued. I'm now very, very into urban cycling, and promote it vigorously to anybody who will listen. I think it's fantastic, and a wonderful replacement for being a pedestrian (I never was a driver, don't believe in driving). I think there should be more cycling and more cycling infrastructure, and I love that I live in a (relatively) cycle-friendly city. I fully believe that cycling is the greatest thing for health that there is, and I'm fully behind the statement that cars are far, far more dangerous than bicycles could ever be.

And I wear a helmet. The helmet fits right over the spot on my eyebrow that still has no hair from where the stitches went in.

So, anyway, that's my story, and that's my choice.]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 24332dea-11cd-11e2-9e8d-1231394043be Mon, 08 Oct 2012 21:52:34 GMT
Missing the Point http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 0e0dfcf6-1197-11e2-8553-1231394043be Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:25:24 GMT Stop trying to scare me
Victoria British Columbia is a very good example, where Police Officers are constantly harrassing cyclists for not wearing helmets, while far more serious traffic violations are overlooked. Terms like "you'll be fed through a tube" and "society will suffer because of you" are terms used by the to scare cyclists. Police Officers also remarkably had a friend or family member whose head exploded like a watermelon because they fell off a bicycle without a helmet or some other horror phrase. I vote Victoria BC as the helmet zealot capitol of the world! Look at the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition's website for proof.
Their famous catch phrase "No helmet, no ride" for their organized bike rides.
This is why the province of British Columbia are one of the few places in the world who has a helmet law.; based on fear mongering.

Why is this not happening in Europe or South America where people don't wear helmets? There is a serious problem here.]]>
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speculation The conditions you describe in which a helmet can help prevent serious injury are far beyond a helmets limits.
EPS is far more fragile than you think.]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 0ab0e03e-0e25-11e2-88e3-1231394043be Thu, 04 Oct 2012 06:11:42 GMT
SAVED BY A HELMET http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ be814de4-0db0-11e2-9ce4-1231394043be Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:19:13 GMT Bike Helmets http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ ba0c6c48-0370-11e2-89ce-1231394043be Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:15:46 GMT car vs bike injury
Car accidents are responsible for 50 - 70% of all brain injuries. Cycling accidents less than 1%.]]>
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ok for helmets if motorists wear them too inside the car http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ e9c46f92-e207-11e1-9dd6-1231394043be Thu, 09 Aug 2012 02:52:21 GMT Hey Cheryl, http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ 800bd492-dbda-11e1-aacc-1231394043be Wed, 01 Aug 2012 06:12:09 GMT How did it help?
How did the helmets save your kids' lives?]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7df4b0-da1d-11e1-8db0-1231394043be Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:50:33 GMT
helmets http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7df1e0-da1d-11e1-9934-1231394043be Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:15:49 GMT missing the point
And by the way, you've taught your daughter that riding a bike is dangerous, something that she will likely carry with her for the rest of her life. Thanks for that.]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7d75e4-da1d-11e1-b599-1231394043be Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:41:17 GMT
Screw helmets, and seatbelts! Condoms too... By your logic, people shouldn't have to wear seat belts because there were far fewer vehicle fatalities 50 years ago, when seat belts weren't mandatory. Athletes should also discard their jock straps and cups, they just get in the way, and hockey and football players should definitely get rid of their helmets because there were far fewer concussions in the earlier days of the sport, when they went without head protection.
Helmets are simply common sense, but as the old saying goes, common sense isn't very common.]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7dc94a-da1d-11e1-a528-1231394043be Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:29:17 GMT
One factor everyone misses http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7d7b52-da1d-11e1-9387-1231394043be Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:11:08 GMT Inconclusive
The data does not explain why the injury and death rate among cyclists are so much lower in Denmark and Holland where there are virtually ZERO use of bicycle helmets.

I would suggest the studies are pretty inconclusive. The problem lies somewhere else.

These studies do not count the health benefits of a single cyclist as a result of the healthier lifestyle from cycling.

The studies also do not the measure the adverse health effects of people that get scared away from cycling because of the dangerization of cycling through helmet promotions by mostly the non-cycling corporate media; promoting the car for advertising revenue.

The studies also do not consider the safety effects of increased cycling; "safety in numbers"
which is one of the reasons that cycling is so safe in the abovementioned countries.

Thanks]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7d6c2a-da1d-11e1-90e4-1231394043be Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:43:22 GMT
Balance
For a good over-all look at the issue, read:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_helmet]]>
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Safety Studies
http://depts.washington.edu/hiprc/practices/topic/bicycles/helmeteffect.html

Are we to believe them?

Thanks!

Tom]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7d65d6-da1d-11e1-b11b-1231394043be Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:27:03 GMT
honesty I don't doubt that you have seen injured cyclists, but are you really presenting their numbers in an honest fashion? Are cyclists over-represented in your assessment, because we all know that it is simple falls while on foot, motor vehicle collisions and assaults that make up over 90% of head injury victims.
You also assume wearing helmets would have prevented the injuries you've seen, yet data from ICBC shows that despite a doubling of helmet use post law, head injury, as percentage of total injuries, did not change.
You also do not mention those conditions you do not see as a result of the benefits from fitness as a result of cycling. I've seen people die from emphysema, heart disease, complications from diabetis, cancer, and it isn't pretty either. You don't see the people who are better off from cycling without helmets, so your view is not a balanced one, wouldn't you say?
Don't get the wrong idea, I'm not arguing against helmet use, I'm arguing for effective ways in which to reduce the injuries cyclists can receive, and the helmet has proven to be a very ineffective method of injury reduction, while at the same time been shown to be a very effective way to reduce the amount of people cycling ]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7d477c-da1d-11e1-81b3-1231394043be Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:01:45 GMT
Respectfully Disagree
This is simply my view on cycling with a helmet. I wouldn't force it on anyone else but after watching this video I thought I'd share another perspective, my perspective. ]]>
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That is... http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7d1478-da1d-11e1-915f-1231394043be Thu, 07 Jun 2012 08:14:22 GMT I will tell http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7d07c6-da1d-11e1-9817-1231394043be Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:48:03 GMT Do Tell http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7d05aa-da1d-11e1-86ff-1231394043be Sun, 03 Jun 2012 20:15:15 GMT Money &amp; Control

It is much the same as being constantly told to "ask an expert" or "check with your doctor." We become non-thinking individuals who can only do something if we have been advised to do so by "the authorities/experts." We are to the point where this mindless advise is now parroted even by those who have no vested interest in the activity, ie. "don't forget your helmet."

Keep up your good work!!! Oh, your websites ARE THE BEST. What a wonderful discovery. I'll do my participation here in Ft. Worth, Texas and other nearby places. Long live bicycle TRANSPORTATION.]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7cf182-da1d-11e1-acd1-1231394043be Fri, 01 Jun 2012 06:15:38 GMT
Poor bike handler http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7cca36-da1d-11e1-9cb6-1231394043be Thu, 24 May 2012 12:04:42 GMT Should I wear one or not? http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7cb49c-da1d-11e1-b1ba-1231394043be Sun, 20 May 2012 03:00:45 GMT It's a wonder...
I am a non-helmet wearer, but I do suggest however, that we MUST tune and maintain our bikes regularly as things do fail and can cause injury. And yes, don't tell me to wear one for all your good reasons to do so. I have my own good reasons for doing the contrary.]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7c9840-da1d-11e1-ad6a-1231394043be Fri, 18 May 2012 11:18:30 GMT
Wear a helmet! http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7bd9fa-da1d-11e1-8fce-1231394043be Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:54:36 GMT Bowl Heads http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7b86da-da1d-11e1-8ec2-1231394043be Wed, 25 Apr 2012 02:08:23 GMT Surely it's up to the individual...
From my point of view it's a simple, relatively unintrusive piece of protection. Helmets are never going to be the solution in all situations as like nearly all protective equipment they have their limitations, but I'd certainly prefer to have one on IF I happen to hit the deck.

As for Brad's comment about people stopping cycling because of compulsory helmets - I'm not going to dispute it because I believe it's true...but for someone to decide not to cycle simply because they have to wear a helmet just seems more than a little daft.]]>
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Travelled the world without one So to balance out that I'll let you know that I travelled the world with my bike, just to be clear, I didn't tour between towns and cities with my life packed into panniers, I flew between big cities and then commenced to use my bike as my main form of transportation, around said city.
I didn't wear a helmet unless legally I had to. I had no accidents and I did not feel endangered on the mean streets of London, Barcelona, Rio, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, New York, LA, San Francisco, Miami, Seattle to name a few and felt no need to wear a helmet in any of them, whilst on my bike, riding from A-B.
I love cycling, and I've had accidents on my bike, some my own fault, most not, and in none of them would wearing a helmet have made any difference to my injuries.

I choose to not wear a helmet.

Whether there is cycling infrastructure or not, riding a bike and using it as your main form of transportation, is not inherently a dangerous activity, and should not require any safety equipment.

I do not care whether anyone chooses to wear a helmet, I do care about them telling me that I am a fool to not wear one, or those who advocate to make it illegal not to wear one.

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http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7b5bba-da1d-11e1-b34d-1231394043be Tue, 24 Apr 2012 03:20:49 GMT
Beg to differ...
The fact that an industry has convinced some people that helmets should be worn while riding a bicycle, and not while walking, shows that these people have been convinced there is a level of danger on a bike that isn't present while walking (or driving, which despite the use of crumple zones, seat belts and air bags, is the leading cause of head injury)

I'm not saying cyclists don't fall, but I am saying others do it far more frequently and there isn't the same stigma associated with it.

I'm also saying helmets have little to do with safety, it has more to with convincing people that cycling is dangerous and a helmet is the cure for that danger.]]>
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more
Besides I'm human and have fallen down 3 times off bike within the last 8 yrs., 2 incidents on black ice. In quiet areas. My helmet did lightly touch the pavement in 1 of the falls. I was actually cycling ....slow! But my bike slid out from under me. Latest fall was 4 wks. ago in early morning on a path with no one around. There was black ice.

I have been cycling for the last 20 years several times per week. I am car-free, so my lifestyle is cycling. (I actually I was hit by a car as a pedestrian in front of a life insurance building as a teen..)

I'm not a perfect little robot where nothing can happen. I accept my possible weakness, not my invincibility. In fact, most experienced cyclists I know (and they are not racers), have fallen at least once as adults off their bike. These are bike tourers, commuters, etc. who cycle several times per wk.

In the women's cycling thread I gave earlier, several accidents happened when no one else was around and the cyclist wasn't going fast.

Look, why do we even have women's shelters (for domestic violence) and suicide hot lines? Why bother spending money on such services..for a minority of population who are directly affected? Because it's preventive, to save further "costs" of life, mental health to victim and to those in their family. Having these services are no guarantee of saving lives, injury, but there is some reduction.

Same for helmets ...for low impact head impact situations. No guarantees, but there are already several anecdotes in this thread of a cracked helmet that indicated an impact was enough, yet prevented much further damage.

There's no point putting down people in this thread who have fallen and damaged their helmets, yet were saved from greater injury.

And this is not fear mongering. It's just taking a small precaution. Why get bent out of shape for taking precautions?

HOnest, more family members and friends are cycling in my world....because they see just how possible it is. they wear helmets. I don't tell them. I learn later of their cycling conversion. :)]]>
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Doesn't matter
You should also consider that because a relatively fragile piece of plastic and foam were damaged in a fall, that doesn't mean your relatively more robust head would have suffered more than minor damage.

The best evidence we have of the effectiveness of helmets has been in Australia and New Zealand where governments have enforced strict helmet use. The prediced decline in head injuries as a result of imposing helmet use on its population never materialized but what did happen is people stopped cycling.

Oh yeah, and plenty of cyclists wearing helmets have ended up being vegetables. Some of them have died as well, so wake up, face reality and learn of the limitations of helmets and of the relative risk of cycling. When you learn about that, maybe you can then see that those who insist on helmet use are saying riding a bike is dangerous, when for the average cyclist, it really isn't at all]]>
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What a bunch of total idiots
I have crashed my head into the ground on a few occasions (I've ridden tens of thousands of miles) and given the damage to my helmet I can tell you it save me from a serious head injury.

The only people that I see riding without helmets are hipsters and fashionistas. All serious riders I know, ALL OF THEM, ride with helmets.

Should have to wear a helmet. No. I don't give a damn if you die or end up a vegetable.

But to claim they don't work is to ignore reality.

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Make sure
If you ignore facts or statistics, how are you going to know which choices are best to protect you and your loved ones?

Can you explain why people in Holland of which all of them ride without helmets are so safe?]]>
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From regular cyclists worldwide
http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showthread.php?t=44268&highlight=helmet+injury

I no longer care about statistics, etc. to define whatever might reduce the possibility of being a burden to loved ones (and financial costs) if one becomes seriously injured in the head.]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7af3d2-da1d-11e1-9298-1231394043be Sun, 15 Apr 2012 14:45:24 GMT
helmets http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7aecac-da1d-11e1-89e1-1231394043be Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:05:12 GMT Say no to the Helmet bullies! Helmets for cyclists would cost many hundreds of lives per year in the UK (through the 30-50% drop in cycle use), and save maybe 2 or 3 lives. Helmets for vehicle occupants could save up to 2000 lives per year. That's just here in Britain.
Fortunately I live in Europe, tha land of the free, so I can make my choice without being shouted at in the street and generally hassled and nagged at for my choice, which has been my experience every time I have cycled in North America. So rude!
BTW, I myself am deeply unfashionable, definately not a hipster, or vain. I have also cycled for nearly 50 years all over the world. Yes, Ive fallen off a couple of times. No sweat.
If I had worn a helmet as a vehicle passenger though, I maybe wouldn't have had that 6 month stay in hospital after the big roll-over of 1984.

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Say no to the Helmet bullies! Helmets for cyclists would cost many hundreds of lives per year in the UK (through the 30-50% drop in cycle use), and save maybe 2 or 3 lives. Helmets for vehicle occupants could save up to 2000 lives per year. That's just here in Britain.
Fortunately I live in Europe, tha land of the free, so I can make my choice without being shouted at in the street and generally hassled and nagged at for my choice, which has been my experience every time I have cycled in North America. So rude!
BTW, I myself am deeply unfashionable, definately not a hipster, or vain. I have also cycled for nearly 50 years all over the world. Yes, Ive fallen off a couple of times. No sweat.
If I had worn a helmet as a vehicle passenger though, I maybe wouldn't have had that 6 month stay in hospital after the big roll-over of 1984.

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Same as Anti-Seat Belt Chic Hipster Doofuses http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7aa864-da1d-11e1-b517-1231394043be Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:13:25 GMT Fashion Statement http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7aa6d4-da1d-11e1-81ae-1231394043be Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:06:06 GMT fragile http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7aa062-da1d-11e1-b984-1231394043be Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:58:07 GMT Helmets http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7a9c0c-da1d-11e1-ad0b-1231394043be Mon, 09 Apr 2012 06:55:51 GMT Efficacy of helmets
It is sad that this has happened to your friend. I hope he recovers soon.

However, you cannot assume that wearing a helmet would have had a more positive outcome. Helmet efficacy against brain injury was measured and reported in may scientific and medical studies. In most cases it has worsened the outcome. The drunk driver should be the focus of the problem, not whether a helmet was worn or not. The helmet is not a substitute for road safety.

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Disprove by stats not exceptions
It looks dumb. I'm glad a crazy thing like drilling your friend let him survive, but he's already included, why should he count more simply because you know him?
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Silly
A helmet alone would have alleviated his injuries mitigating much of the impact. ]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7a23f8-da1d-11e1-853d-1231394043be Wed, 28 Mar 2012 06:48:02 GMT
Helmet Design Seems to me that bicycle helmet design should begin by adopting the NFL football helmet and then figuring out how to maintain the safety while increasing the comfort (bear in mind that American football players play hard for about 10 or so seconds with 30 seconds or more between such bursts of effort. If the helmet is heavy or hot, they merely take it off until the next play is about to start. In contrast, I bicycle for hours at a time, more often than not in pleasant warmish weather.
Relative to torsional head injuries, I am guessing here, but I think that professional atheletes prevent such injuries by being in superb physical condition, and I would further guess they use specific exercises to help prevent those head or neck injuries that a helmet cannot. Perhaps bicycling associations shoudl find out what those peventive excercises are, and promote them for bike riders.
For my part, there is nothing so sensual to be experienced alone than pedalling along with the wind in your hair, and I spend many ---not all--- recreational hours doing so. When I commute, I wear a helmet. It is just personal choice. Yet, if I saw further evidence of the inefficiency of helmets, I might just retire my helmet altogether and use it for potted plants.
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auto engineering
Where is the engineering on a car to protect pedestrians and cyclists from impact? It only attempts to protect the occupants of vehicles, and does it very poorly. See the annual fatality numbers for auto accidents.]]>
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impact failure
The magnesium headform that they test the helmets with, is solid and does not represent an accurate deflection of the skull, so it does not decelerate the head properly, warps the skull and that causes the injury to be more severe. A helmet is supposed to absorb an impact by compressing. Studies on helmets from crashes determined that victims sustained impact brain injuries and the helmet material did not compress. Sometimes the foam actually shattered into smaller pieces.

Instead of the helmet absorbing the shock or distributing it, it bends the skull. A similar injury occurs to the rotational injury. Scary!

It concerns me that people believe so easily that a helmet simply will work properly. Many people without any knowledge of the mechanisms of brain injury promotes helmets, without even an attempt to educate themselves on the matter.]]>
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On the head? http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc79a39c-da1d-11e1-887c-1231394043be Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:19:52 GMT On the head? http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc797f98-da1d-11e1-abfa-1231394043be Fri, 10 Feb 2012 08:12:17 GMT Why the helmet stays on
I really dig the hairstyle I get from wearing it during warm weather.

It's aero lines actually improve my hunk-ee-ness factor, generating a rugged, yet high-tech warrior look even though I'm rocking the spandex, shprocket-style. Now in my forties, I need all the help I can get to maintain a sense of youthful beauty.

However, I don't seem to get nearly as much aggro behavior from motorists in MI as I did a few years back, it seems to be the exceptional case now. Maybe it's because of the graying of the beard, the pack implying I'm commuting to work, or maybe the machete I strapped to my top-tube...

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Be careful
Stick to the issue, and don't make derogatory personal remarks based on differences in interpretations of scientific studies]]>
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as the old saying goes.... http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc797868-da1d-11e1-a8c1-1231394043be Thu, 09 Feb 2012 08:33:39 GMT Fact
Your fear of injury while riding a bicycle however, seems quite real and thus is reflective of the Ted x talk presented.]]>
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hot headed?
Cheers! ]]>
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Bicycle helmets: unnecessary and counterproductive http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc796dbe-da1d-11e1-a213-1231394043be Wed, 08 Feb 2012 09:00:37 GMT Anyone have any personal experiance here?
I am a helmet wearing cyclist. I log over 1700 miles/year on my commute alone. I spend plenty of time in the saddle in all sorts of conditions and in doing so have had plenty of spills for any number of causes. Some of them my fault and some out of my control.

In every "endo" situation I have ever experienced the helmet has kept me out of the hospital, no doubt. I also know that the helmet has helped protect my neck from hyper-extension when falling laterally since the helmet is a few inches thick on the sides. I have fortunately not been hit by a motor vehicle, but several close friends in the cycling community have. One in particular was hit from the side, his head hit the windshield on the car and then the pavement. The force was enough on both sides that the foam compressed and broke while the outer plastic shell remained in tact keeping the helmet around his head. This helmet saved his life.

Should we enact laws requiring helmets? I don't know, but I do know that anyone who rides often or in any substantial quantity would agree that the helmet is the best and only choice for head protection. Everyone on the road needs to have a healthy respect for the next guy as well, and yes we can all be proactive in being aware of our surroundings, pick the safest route, obey traffic laws as if we are a car, but not all accidents can be prevented by the rider. When it's out of your control it's nice to know you've at least done everything to protect yourself including wearing a helmet. ]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc796684-da1d-11e1-b942-1231394043be Wed, 08 Feb 2012 08:48:31 GMT
Physics?
Hockey enrolment numbers are dwindling among the youth in Canada. I wonder if it is because of the perception that it is a dangerous game, or maybe the fighting. There are many hockey players with concussions despite wearing helmets, which happens to be a very serious injury, especially if the injury is repeated. The helmets don't work in these cases. That's also physics.

It cycling, helmet promotions are making cycling look more dangerous than it really is. The world wide accident statistics and studies proved that. The benefits of cycling are also conveniently overlooked by the fear/helmet promoters. If you objectively want to justify helmet use, you have to prove that is has real benefits, not perceived benefits.
If you search on Wikipedia: Bicycle Helmet, as a starting point, prepare yourself for a lot of research, your opinion might just change. Things are not always as simple as they may seem.]]>
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"Anyone who feels that they do not require a cycling helmet while cycling is absolutely correct."
Why do hockey players wear shin pads? Has this man ever been hit in the shins by a puck? Decline in cyclists when helmets become mandatory? Sure but he forgot to mention that in areas where there was no such legislation that cycling decreased as well.

The studies are really inconclusive and to quote them one way or another. In Ontario Canada a study was done re the effects of helmet legislation for children. Deaths/serious injuries declined. The legislation was never enforced. Do less kids play hockey because helmets are mandatory. Bike NY produces the largest cycling event in the world. Helmets are mandatory yet the event is sold out. In Montreal, Velo Quebec does not have helmets as being mandatory yet none of their events are sold out. Wake up and smell the coffee. If one bangs their head on a solid object hard enough the skull will crack. That is physics.

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Real safety
I certainly appreciate what the IMBA are doing. Building those trails are hard work and it is great that we all have the opportunity and priviledge to ride on them and get fresh air, great views and excercise.

But I am against the unnecessary dangerization of cycling. Cycling is a very safe activity if done right. Forcing me to wear a helmet when riding on a safe trail or street is wrong.

The fear mongering is North America is very real. Not only in cycling, but by almost anyone selling things that is supposed to make you safer. Someone referred to it as creating the bubble wrap society. The auto industry are constantly advertising how safe
cars are with all sorts of safety ratings and devices. But in the real world the car is deadly.

I feel that choice is better and safer. Selecting a safe route to your destination or where to cross busy highway are more important that wearing the plastic hat, If you participate in
more risky activity, then you should choose what is best to make yourself safe and not because it is part of the cool or convention or some non cyclyst in the government says so. Police Officers can spend their time better focusing on dangerous behaviour on the roads as opposed to on cyclists without helmets.

None of the European countries; Denmark Holland, Germany and others have helmet laws. People don't wear them because it is unnecessary. It is also a pleasure to cycle in cities in cities in these countries. You don't have the stress on safe roads.

We should probably let go of the helmet debate, once the laws are repealed and focus our energy on getting these streets safer and our communities more livable, and enjoy the trails.
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Is anyone really buying this? Besides, come to think of it, do you know who does more than anyone to help build quality mountain biking trails all over the country? Subaru. Ask any serious IMBA member.
I can't believe this guy can get a gig speaking to any audience. Perhaps he's one of the "Yes men" for the other side. A more plausible argument is that he advocates against bike safety to kill off bikers, providing even better evidence that biking is dangerous.
Sheesh. ]]>
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Darwin? Extinction If you get injured by exposing yourself to unnecessary risk like racing down a mountain, are the rest of then obligated to pay for the choices you make? An expensive airlift to hospital? I think the Darwin Awards may be more applicable to you.

Every time you drive your car, you are exposing yourself and others to much more danger than someone on a bicycle does. Not to mention the pollution, the wars and misery the quest for oil is causing around the world. That sounds more like a plan for extinction to me.]]>
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Darwin Awards Don't wear a helmet, by all means. Select yourself out of the gene pool.
But if you're laying in a bed gurgling for 10 years, don't ask the rest of us to foot the bill. ]]>
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Movement? http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc790bd0-da1d-11e1-b348-1231394043be Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:48:47 GMT @CHEN http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7909fa-da1d-11e1-9749-1231394043be Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:52:29 GMT Disproved
All your arguments have been dismissed earlier in this blog. Feel free to look at all the evidence already presented.

Bicycle helmets do increase the severity of 3 out of 4 brain injuries, which involve rotation of the brian inside the skull. These injuries are actually very similar in car accidents. Despite all the safety devices in cars you quoted, more that 32,000 people died in car accidents last year in the U.S. and more than one million people got injured. In my opinion, these safety devices are also ineffective with such a heavy death toll, and for the record I don't discourage people from using them. The cycling fatalities are disproportionately lower at 680 something for the same year.

However, as you will see in previous comments, an increase in cycling takes cars off the road, and have a dramatic reduction in road accidents. The bicycle helmet deters people
from riding. So, by encouraging helmet use, you reduce cycling and you are making it more dangerous for me on the road, and you are poluting my fresh air. The more cyclists on the road, the safer it gets. www.ecf.com

Despite the much lower fatality rate of cyclists compared to cars, it was also referenced that the health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks by 20:1. It reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and other alments and make people happier. Heart attacks and strokes should be of much greater concern than the innefective plastic hat, since it is aslo a major cause of death like car accidents.

I AM VERY SERIOUS ABOUT ROAD SAFETY SINCE I AM A CYCLIST AND A CYCLIST IS A VUNERABLE ROAD USER!]]>
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auto helmets, yes!
I'm not sure what you mean by helmets "don't work properly". A helmet, sized and worn properly, increases safety. That is indisputable regardless of the rubbish you are choose to believe. Helmets do not make you invincible.

When you make an argument, refrain from drawing a comparison (wearing a helmet in a car (?)) that is irrelevant. Do you smoke simply because your chances of dying from cardiovascular disease is higher?]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc78e588-da1d-11e1-95cc-1231394043be Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:26:31 GMT
Auto helmets Automobiles put a serious drain on society. They kill and injure more people than any other activity on the planet. Why not promote how sexy it would be for motorists to wear helmets? You will help save far more lives, should you find helmets that actually work properly, as opposed to bike helmets that don't work properly, and is mandated for cyclists that get injured far less than motorists.]]> http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc78d17e-da1d-11e1-b32c-1231394043be Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:04:55 GMT ...a TEDx talk, really? http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc78ceae-da1d-11e1-a3a9-1231394043be Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:26:05 GMT cycle helmets When cycling safely in New Zealand an idiot policeman arrested me for not wearing a helmet so the next day I left the country never to return. That's where people jump off high bridges with only elastic strapped to their ankles.
Cycle helmets are dangerous. I've cycled every day for 55 years without one. How much more proof is needed?]]>
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Well said! http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7898d0-da1d-11e1-ba35-1231394043be Wed, 04 Jan 2012 09:32:53 GMT silly shiny hats The shiny hat brigade is just another manifestation of "big industry" imposing rules on the wild and free in order to tie them down and make it possible to imprison anyone who is clearly not an adherent to their own illusions of how things should be.
Use the time and money spent on these silly hats to demand safe cycle tracks in your town where cars are placed where they should be, BEHIND those of us who are fit enough to transport ourselves from "A to B" and let the crippled oil junkies sit in their metal boxes where they belong.
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Fascist Fashionista?
Seems this guy is making an argument for infrastructure in a sort of strange way. I wonder how much of this has to do with fashion? If fashion is what makes more people cycle then it's just as likely to go out of fashion too some day....and we're left with nothing but a lot of blog comments to show for it. Build better infrastructure I say. ]]>
http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc788674-da1d-11e1-b107-1231394043be Sat, 31 Dec 2011 09:41:01 GMT
Talk is ... safe http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7865c2-da1d-11e1-8f3d-1231394043be Sat, 31 Dec 2011 04:56:15 GMT Helmet use Again, my view: It appears so many people are trying to make the crash safer instead of trying to prevent the crash in the first place...responsible auto driving, responsible bicycling, and traffic infrastructure geared for co-existence to include pedestrians. ]]> http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc7878be-da1d-11e1-8b91-1231394043be Sat, 31 Dec 2011 04:28:20 GMT hm http://momentummag.com/blog/opinions/mikael-colville-andersen-why-we-shouldnt-wear-bike-helmets/ fc78774c-da1d-11e1-98a1-1231394043be Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:34:32 GMT plenty of examples
Be objective and do some research. Plenty of cyclists are severely injured, and die with helmets on.]]>
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Helmets
The brain is the one organ that doctors cannot fix. Isn't it worth your life the wear a helmet?]]>
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