18 Jul '12, 11am

Do Bicycle Helmet Laws Do More Harm Than Good? #cycling

Do Bicycle Helmet Laws Do More Harm Than Good? #cycling

Dramatic ad from the AIP Foundation Whenever I write about bicycle helmets, (which I always wear) we get comments that invariably say: Studies have determined that the helmet is even counter-productive, where it became mandatory, the use of bicycles decreased dramatically, and the less there are bikes in the streets, the less drivers get accustomed to their presence. Dutch do not wear helmets, and they know about bicycles. So which studies? What do they really say? It is a good time to ask, because a new one just came out that claims that "bicycle helmet laws could do more harm than good." But one has to separate the issue of wearing helmets from the issue of helmet laws. 1. Do helmets actually work? The facts are there and are pretty obvious: If you are going to bang your head onto concrete or metal, you are going to be better off with a helmet than without. A "case-contr...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/do-bicycle-helmet-laws-do...

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