22 Aug '11, 1pm

Helmet laws get in the way of bike-sharing programs: via @grist

Helmet laws get in the way of bike-sharing programs: via @grist

"Besides, no bike-sharing program tells people not to wear helmets. They just leave wearing one as a personal choice." - At least two don't leave it as a personal choice, which you'll know if you read the fine print. Both of these schemes - in Boston and Washington D.C. - are operated by Alta Bike Share, just like Melbourne, but while Alta Planning - the parent of Alta Bike Share - is pro-helmet - see their website - my feeling is that it was local authorities who pushed this fine print.) See http://greenideafactory.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-do-we-please-american-god-of-helmet.html. Anyway, nice intro and great, succinct summary. Compromise is generally worth a shot, but in response to suggestion no. 1, it will just give police a reason to stop people if they see them with no helmet. Regarding no. 2, is it your point that people on shared bikes go slow? Well, consider two p...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-08-22-helmet-laws-get-in...

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