Bike Helmet Debate Continues To Be A Distraction

NoHelmetsCBC has published an interesting article exploring the seemingly endless debate on bicycle helmets.  Personally, I wear a helmet, having cracked three in falls over the years and walked away from those falls. Still, I understand that a helmet provides no useful protection in a serious collision.  I also understand that helmets, like seat belts in a car, only come into play when a collision or misadventure is already in motion. Finally, from decades of studying cycling issues, I also understand that cycling benefits far outweigh all the risks, and that providing safe infrastructure and facilities for cycling is much more effective in preventing injury than any passive device will ever be. The helmet debate detracts us from that more important work.  It’s also clear that legislating helmets is ineffective (pdf). Read CBC article here.

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.