Jun 25, 2013
The Roads Minister surprises no one by ruling out the relaxation of the Mandatory Helmet Law for any Bike Share scheme....
BIKESydney It would probably be worth following this up with Government representatives by pointing out that the safety record of bikeshare schemes such as the London one have operated extremely successfully with no helmet laws.
A recent Freedom of information request into the safety of the London scheme resulted in the following stats.
After 19.5 million trips , there were no 'life- changing' injuries and no fatalities. In other words there was no brain injury, no brain damage and no deaths in an environment similar to Sydney without helmet laws.
I don't know why this has not had a greater impact . After 19.5 million trips nobody needed to wear a helmet to protect against 'catastrophic' brain injury. To put this in perspective, if you took two trips a day on the bikeshare bikes you would need to cycle from the time of the stone-age cave paintings(25,000BC) till today and still not have needed a helmet - not even once.
Why do all those safety experts writing papers about helmets not wish to study the amazing safety of this scheme to find out what it is that makes it safe ? I would love to know myself, because then we would have some really useful information. It is not even infrastructure, because London's is not much better than Sydney.
Here's the link to the London FOI request https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/boris_bike_accident_statistics
Jake Olivier, the statistician behind the cited study, has published a lot of papers on the helmet issue - every one of them pro-helmet. For me it is clear that for him his personal opinion comes first, and he is using data in a way to support his personal opinion.
For his publication list, see here:https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-jake-olivier/publications
By the way, what Mr. Gay does NOT mention is that there are also several studies on helmet laws which are decidedly ANTI-helmet, carried out by the University of Sydney. See for example here: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/public-health/prevention-research/pdf...
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