31 May '13, 6pm

Do helmets really keep cyclists safer?

Do helmets really keep cyclists safer?

Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans of New York , creates images that prompt conversations about compassion, struggle, and humanity. Sometimes they’re sad, sometimes they’re funny, and sometimes they’re WTF — but rarely do they prompt the kind of snarly debate that swirled on Facebook in response to yesterday’s photo of a man and a kid riding a bike through the city. Humans of New York Here’s a taste of what people had to say: “Motorists have no respect for bicyclists. NYC especially. Dad needs to wear a helmet, & needs to have his vulnerable child wear one.” “Omg wa wa wa no helmets. How the hell did we all survive the 70s an 80s.” “wah wah wah tell that to people who have permanent brain damage from falling off of a bike.” “noone wears helmets in The Netherlands. Kids go to school on their parents bikes. Sometimes 2 kids per bike.” “What a foolish statement. ...

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