Moving the Conversation Beyond Helmets Wear a helmet, don’t wear a helmet; you choose. We just want you to ride. en-us <function copyright at 0x5409b90> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:21:54 GMT Sine Metu
Anecdotal? Totally but I've yet to hear a reason other than personal vanity for not wearing one. Dissuading others from riding bc they have to wear a helmet? Perhaps but I can tell you personally that this is a safety issue and that trumps pretty much everything else unfortunately. Maybe you will never fall (or be bumped as I was) but helmets (demonstrably in my case) can protect your head and efforts to minimalize that are not helpful to those who will ride not knowing the full dangers out there and that you should seek to mitigate those - even at the price of fashion and vanity.]]> fb58ced8-ca4a-11e3-995e-22000a4f82a6 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:21:54 GMT
Helmets Gnereally, I think some kind of head protection is a good plan, but I rode a bike for years when I was a kid and we didn't HAVE helmets back then...
I agree we need far more cycling infrastructure to make riding safer. That just makes sense. Wearing a helmet is your PERSONAL choice for YOUR OWN safety. Safer broader infrastructure is the best way to generally make cycling safe for ALL riders.]]> 996fb660-ca21-11e3-b808-22000a4f82a6 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:25:40 GMT
Pfft 5df0f74a-43c9-11e3-9ce7-1231394043be Sat, 02 Nov 2013 07:16:29 GMT Speed is the killer 957225ba-4390-11e3-8004-1231394043be Sat, 02 Nov 2013 00:30:01 GMT Helemts 016ead24-4378-11e3-89cc-1231394043be Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:34:05 GMT speeding vs distracted driving
When phoning-while-driving was outlawed, it was potentially a game-changer. HOWEVER, so far as I can see, it is not being aggressively or effectively enforced. If we say that we are going to impose lower speed limits in an effort to reduce accident statistics, we are quite frankly ignoring an elephant in the room. As to why the Vancouver police are not setting up video cameras to get footage of people sailing through intersections while holding their phone, you would need to ask them.

In any case, it's not really an option to keep reducing speed limits. They are necessarily a compromise between allowing drivers to get where they need to go, on the one hand, and the safety of all road users on the other hand. There used to be a stretch of the Sea-to-Sky around Horseshoe Bay where the speed limit dropped to 60km/h. It was impossible to drive that slowly because it literally felt as if you were hardly moving. If you create a similar situation on a single-lane street, you will have a line of angry drivers behind the one who is attempting to adhere to the speed limit. Angry drivers=dangerous drivers. And as for the poor schmuck at the front, guess how much of his attention is going to be on the road in front of him. When drivers perceive that there is a large discrepancy between the speed limit and the appropriate speed for the road conditions, they don't even try to meet it. If it's just a bit slower than they feel is appropriate, you get more people trying to comply. I should say at this point that I speak as a cyclist, a driver and a pedestrian (also a motorcyclist, though not so much recently). Cycling is by far my preferred way to get around the city, all other things being equal. I have been hit by car while driving and while cycling, and I am painfully aware of the dangers to cyclists, particularly when they venture onto arterial streets. which I try to avoid. I wear a helmet 99% of the time, but I don't think I should have to. In short, I say let's have a meaningful effort to penalize careless and distracted drivers before we legislate frustratingly low speed limits, which in any case would not be adhered to.We have too many laws and bylaws in this country which, because they are too proscriptive, it's 'understood' aren't meant to be rigorously adhered to - rather people view them as guidelines, ideals or as something to be kept in reserve as a 'gotcha' in serious cases.]]> 80863cf2-4347-11e3-a1d1-1231394043be Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:46:52 GMT
Mu guess is that insurance companies lobbied for seatbelt laws. Smaller payouts.

I commute without a helmet, but I put one on my kid.]]> 4d7696a0-4337-11e3-9431-1231394043be Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:50:55 GMT
Speeding a great risk 60ae3342-4330-11e3-8ab4-1231394043be Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:01:21 GMT Drivers on the phone are still the biggest problem 5aa4bd22-432b-11e3-9fef-1231394043be Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:25:23 GMT I don't live my life based on 'what ifs' f3345b6a-f600-11e2-be8a-1231394043be Fri, 26 Jul 2013 07:37:51 GMT Respectful Dialogue
In response to "perhaps"... the answer of helmets vs. seat belts is this: seat belts have been proven to dramatically reduce fatality rates and health care costs, helmets have not. Seat belt laws do not discourage people from driving, but helmets do discourage people from cycling. Driving a car does not improve your health, but riding a bike does. That's why we need seat belt laws, but not helmet laws.]]> d2db8b42-d448-11e2-8ac5-1231394043be Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:46:41 GMT
Pfft c192a268-cabf-11e2-9e7f-1231394043be Sat, 01 Jun 2013 06:32:50 GMT Perhaps.... 871a86bc-ca3a-11e2-9608-1231394043be Fri, 31 May 2013 14:39:09 GMT "Ignorance" and Evidence
1. Injuries and Helmets: if you fall off your bike for any reason, a helmet probably reduces the risk of minor/moderate head injury somewhat. This is particularly true for younger brains (more susceptible to concussion), and less experienced riders (more likely to fall). Unlike seat belts, the risk of fatal injury has not been conclusively proven to be reduced by helmet use. What has been proven to save lives is reduced speed zones and better cycling infrastructure. What is also clear in studies, is that the more people there are riding, the safer the streets become. The lowest fatality rate in the world (by far) is in the Netherlands, where helmets are generally only worn by tourists.

2. Helmet Laws: there is ample evidence around the world that mandatory helmet laws dramatically reduce the cycling modal share. Since it is still healthier to ride without a helmet than to not ride at all, helmet laws negatively affect overall population health (not to mention carbon footprint, economic development, community connections, and other cycling benefits).

3. Personal Choice Vs. Public Policy: the crux of the helmet issue is this - everyone should have the choice to make themselves a little bit safer by wearing a helmet, but from a broader public perspective mandating helmet use (in adults) leads to worse population health overall, not better. The evidence clearly supports the position taken by Momentum - if we really want to improve the safety (and QOL) in our cities we need to work with local governments to change speed laws and build more cycle-friendly infrastructure. ]]> b7176098-ca2a-11e2-8b36-1231394043be Fri, 31 May 2013 12:45:58 GMT
News flash! Fortunately, cycling (even without helmets) on a regular basis can be relied upon to lengthen and improve the health of those participate, and that makes cycling a relatively safe activity.
Promoting helmet use simply spreads the notion that cycling is extraordinarily dangerous, something that is not only not true, but also distracts advocates from taking more effective measures to reduce the already small element of danger cyclists do face]]> 47465af0-49c7-11e2-a532-1231394043be Wed, 19 Dec 2012 02:31:41 GMT
Reply to CH1
"In many ways, that highly conspicuous bicycle helmet is like the presence of body fat on an overweight American. It is a very visible symbol for something that is not quite right, yet we're uncomfortable pointing it out, let alone talking about it. It's a symptom of a much larger problem. The bike helmet is really just a mask for a whole host of underlying and interconnected issues to hide behind."

I agree with you, more cyclists on the road is the answer! We need to move beyond the helmet debate and work on safer road designs that help us build critical mass.]]> deaf2022-4984-11e2-a50f-1231394043be Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:36:19 GMT
Please don't discourage cycling 3aa2a140-497d-11e2-9a58-1231394043be Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:41:37 GMT Took the words right out of my...
I think of my helmet as a hard hat because we still have a lot of work to do to make bicycling safer for those who want to take it up. ]]> a1ed1d72-496d-11e2-b54b-1231394043be Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:49:59 GMT
Reply to Brad df56d190-496c-11e2-9783-1231394043be Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:44:32 GMT I wear a a helmet because. . . aacf71c2-496a-11e2-bb52-1231394043be Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:28:45 GMT Responsible use Like driving a car, being a passenger in a car, walking, showering, walking down stairs...]]> a1bb5c32-418a-11e2-aa56-1231394043be Sat, 08 Dec 2012 14:57:24 GMT Wearing the crown? 73a440d2-3f2f-11e2-8dc3-1231394043be Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:59:41 GMT In the words of...
regarding your viewpoint, the words of BS NYC point out its problem:

" something like this has the potential to set the cause of cycling as transportation back at least 20 years. It's hard enough for people to wade through the morass of bicycle marketing, so once they've actually gotten a bike you can't then tell them, "Oh, one more thing, you have to wear this wooden turtle shell on your head so you won't die." That's going to be a deal breaker, and their next stop is going to be the Hyundai dealership. "

Convincing people they need helmets convinces people that cycling is dangerous, and that just pushes people away from bicycles and into cars.]]> 20ff17b8-3e25-11e2-b17f-1231394043be Tue, 04 Dec 2012 07:13:16 GMT
Wearing a helmet should be as standard as the safety belt
Wearing a helmet should be for granted in a couple of years. That takes time, and image building is part of it. By displaying nice fotos of well known people with a helmet in bicycle magazines, we can get there. Children and even adults need role models.

So please alter your ignorant opinion regarding this matter, and publisch only pictures of people with a helmet.]]> 08b402e4-38c2-11e2-bb0b-1231394043be Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:41:19 GMT

Again, if the conversation is not brought to me, I will not argue it, but when cyclists are told they need to wear helmets a debate will start]]> 231debc6-2e82-11e2-90f6-1231394043be Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:38:44 GMT
its not about the helmet
Personally, I almost always wear a helmet, its my choice. Although every time I've gone down on the bike, never once has a helmet helped to prevent any of the road rash, scrapes and bruises I've suffered - it did however protect my head that one time my front wheel fell on my head when I was 15 and doing something stupid on my bike. A helmet doesn't help those who break their collarbones (most common injury amoung cyclists, professional and recreational), arms, legs, wrists....which all cases require medical attention, irresponsibly sucking up our tax dollars as some comments imply.

Wearing a helmet doesn't make cycling any safer, only when every individual out the roads takes responsibility to be safe (stop at stop signs, look before you turn, etc) and be AWARE. Riding a bike is as safe as you make it.]]> feeb4ec0-2944-11e2-8851-1231394043be Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:38:28 GMT
Good 1c987284-0c69-11e2-83e4-1231394043be Tue, 02 Oct 2012 01:13:56 GMT Helmets dae3b51c-0c1b-11e2-9e31-1231394043be Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:00:55 GMT Encourage cycling, lose the helmet
“Pushing helmets really kills cycling... because it promotes a sense of danger that just isn’t justified..."]]> c0c2eaf4-0b08-11e2-b92e-1231394043be Sun, 30 Sep 2012 07:11:39 GMT
But...but...but f5352d62-0543-11e2-884d-1231394043be Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:00:20 GMT how about... The publishers statement is reasonable, "Momentum Mag will continue to publish photographs of people biking with and without helmets because we proudly promote the bicycle as transportation and present everyday people riding bikes in everyday situations in whatever clothing and accessories they choose to wear." If less than 50% wear helmets, why should Momentum misrepresent reality by showing more cyclists wearing helmets than they do? ]]> a4b19188-03ee-11e2-9385-1231394043be Fri, 21 Sep 2012 06:17:07 GMT how about 1/2 the pictures? fdaf8e4c-038b-11e2-a160-1231394043be Thu, 20 Sep 2012 18:30:56 GMT Birth control, helmets, abortion, peanuts ed999f68-026c-11e2-b2a3-1231394043be Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:16:04 GMT Did you READ the editorial at all? Marc, I will remember your statement if you happen to fall ill due to any self-inflicted aspect of your lifestyle. If you injure yourself by slipping in the shower, without a helmet, byt tripping on the footpath, without a helmet, or by driving or travelling in a vehicle which is involved it a collision, without a helmet. All of these carry the same amount of legal compulsion to wear a helmet (none), and carry greater sirks statistically, of sustaining the particular, narrowly defined kinds of injuries which helmets are designed to protect against.
Surely your contributory negligence is similar if not greater in those cases?

I deplore these irresponsible people who walk around, climb stairs, take a shower, and travel in vehicles, unhelmetted! how DARE they?!]]> fb5e7108-0269-11e2-b9e5-1231394043be Wed, 19 Sep 2012 07:54:58 GMT
Less than half Certainly there is research that shows many benefits from helmet use, the trouble is, there is just as much research that shows no benefit. Further, my initial point stands, there isn't any conclusive evidence that cyclists suffer injuries to any greater degree that that of the general population.
I agree it doesn't take much effort to put a helmet on, so the question is, why should a helmet be removed when one gets off a bike if the risk of head injury is still there? Why single out cycling? Isn't that being discriminatory?]]> c433fbec-0216-11e2-ac77-1231394043be Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:59:17 GMT
Research Studies 1. Thompson D C, Rivara F P, Thompson R. Helmets for preventing head and facial injuries in bicyclists. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 1999. 4CD001855.
2. Royal S T, Kendrick D, Coleman T. Non‐legislative interventions for the promotion of cycle helmet wearing by children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2005. 2CD003985.
3. Macpherson A, Spinks A. Bicycle helmet legislation for the uptake of helmet use and prevention of head injuries. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2007. 2CD005401.]]> 91a9692c-0208-11e2-bc97-1231394043be Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:17:40 GMT
helmets Sure, bicycling has overall health benefits but I stand by my statement that helmets should be used. I'm not misinformed or ignorant; I have read research that clearly correlates helmet use with decreased severity of injuries. They may not prevent them entirely, but there is a world of difference between a concussion and brain matter leaking onto the pavement (if you think I'm being graphic, it's just reality). I have seen these injuries and they almost always occur from unhelmeted riders vs riders with helmets.j
As far as the slippery slope, I understand your point. It always has to be a consideration of burden to the individual vs good to society. And really, is it that much of a burden to put a helmet on? ]]> e78768fe-0207-11e2-8a48-1231394043be Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:12:54 GMT
Cyclists (even bre-headed cyclists) on average live longer and healthier lives which require less medical care than that of the general population, yet these two commentaries are of the opinion that cyclists who ride without helmets are a cost burden to society. They are anything but.

Corrie and Marc are also of the opinion that helmet use decreases costly injuries cyclists suffer, yet data shows this is far from the case.

Ignorance is not bliss, in fact it can be quite destructive at times]]> a7ca3482-01ec-11e2-83ea-1231394043be Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:57:51 GMT
Good stance 4c8cd5ec-01ca-11e2-a134-1231394043be Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:51:55 GMT helmets 61c93516-01b8-11e2-bf8e-1231394043be Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:43:39 GMT Self-importance
Except that I do. And so you do. Welcome to shared responsibility.

I'm fine with my side of this bargain. I think it's fair. I think you deserve treatment, even if you're uninsured, if you get hurt in spite of taking completely reasonable precautions. I'm even fine with you shirking your side (wearing a helmet) so long as it's implicitly understood that I get to shirk my side (covering the cost of your treatment, should you be amongst the far too many uninsured) in the event of your need.

I'm also more than a little put off by your having followed "don't impose your will on my headgear" with "everyone on the road should slow down in order to accommodate my self-imposed risk of injury".

It's kinda one-sided, don't you think?

Look. Helmets are sweaty. They almost all look silly. We wear them because it is part of both a collective and individual good.

And because Gary Busse.]]> 43363042-01b6-11e2-876a-1231394043be Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:28:29 GMT
If the H issue wasn't raised, if it wasn't touted as the "single most important preventative measure in reducing injury", if I wasn't questioned for my choice in head gear, I don't think I would discuss helmets at all.

I applaud the publishers stance, but I think it's a bit of a dream. The H issue is here because it has been brought to us. Promotion leads to laws. Debate is good, a misinformed populace is bad, that said, if the merits of my choice is not questioned, I will not breach the subject. ]]> 6cfeb8e6-0192-11e2-b101-1231394043be Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:11:57 GMT
What if everybody who wanted to ride a bike could simply get on one and ride it?]]> 97891ef8-0142-11e2-9738-1231394043be Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:40:29 GMT
Applause! I find it hilarious that people can't make their kudos without giving their personal opinions about if they wear helmets or not. So I will not tell you my preference.

I just get so fed up with every six month on every bicycle infrastructure list I am on the helmet debate flame war coming up again. Maybe this statement will travel far and wide and we can focus on something more worthwhile! ]]> 1e4e7d58-00fc-11e2-b27c-1231394043be Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:16:01 GMT
Helmets I am not, however, against policing other aspects of cycling safety such as lights. Huge pet peeve of mine when someone comes ripping around the the roundabout on a stealth fixie smoking pedestrians in the West End (yes seen this), or almost colliding with me on 10th. I say lets go full on draconian there, but let people choose about the helmets.]]> b1aa77dc-0089-11e2-bb5d-1231394043be Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:36:56 GMT Discrimination
If one wants to ride in the back of the bus that's fine, but to be told to go there, when there is no will or need to go to the back of the bus is wrong.

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Who? When? Where? Why?
Am I adequately encumbered to go on my daily bike ride now, AB? After all I would hate to think I lack your approval before plopping down on the saddle.]]> 51c1d01c-ff2c-11e1-a21f-1231394043be Sat, 15 Sep 2012 04:56:01 GMT
What? 839dbeb2-ff26-11e1-8142-1231394043be Sat, 15 Sep 2012 04:14:27 GMT helmets ea1a3d8e-fec0-11e1-8478-1231394043be Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:07:11 GMT helmet f5bc6d8a-feb4-11e1-9ac0-1231394043be Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:41:36 GMT