"It would be really useful if people spend a little time documenting helmet wearing in places such as this - say count all the cyclists who pass and how many are wearing helmets. It may be one way to get a toe hold into arguing against helmet…"
" Is there a case for a petition asking the NSW Government to allow exemptions on medical grounds, as they do in Qld? This would be a lot simpler for people whose health currently suffers because of reduced cycling.
"Has anyone ever conducted a count of numbers of cycling and helmet wearing on the bridge when the law is not being enforced? Even if the count is only for an hour or so (or better still an hour during rush hour and then at another time of day)…"
"Just heard the ABC radio news. The study authors said that the crash details implied that non-helmeted cyclists were more likely to be at fault.
Two issues come to mind. First, unless you have population wearing rates, you can’t say that…"
"Peter Van Schaik used the argument that he believed helmets caused rotational injury and so wearing a helmet would increase his risk of serious brain injury.
At the time the ACT law had a clause saying that helmets were mandatory unless you had a…"
"Many people are aware that ABS didn't improve safety - that drivers who understood the benefits of improved braking take advantage of it and alter their driving. Analysis of accident rates show that occupants…"
"Spokes (Lothian Cycle Campaign) has as formal policy:
Spokes will not normally take adverts/flyers, or otherwise assist in publicity…
for events where there is little choice but to get there by flying
for events where there is little choice…"
"As Bernard said, it may well be that exemptions for city bike schemes (or the proposals for Fremantle) are likely to be the first step to repealing MHL.
But then, logic might take over, as it becomes clear that, contrary to the popular belief of…"
"Perhaps it's worth repeating here a letter from Professor Lars Bo Andersen, which hints at why all these arguments about whether or not we need infrastructure before repealing helmet laws are a distraction.
Giving cyclists a choice allows them…"
"@RTW, there's a nice red herring there...did I mention anything about risk compensation or reduced safety in numbers etc?
No, but that (risk compensation & reduced safety in numbers) was the point of the argument!
If I'm knocked off my…"
"SI: "Omar's individual experience doesn't count, but Ian Walker's does?"
What counts are the measurements of amount of room left by several thousand drivers who overtook him when cycling with and without a helmet. The fact…"
"Omar: "personal experience over the years and as recent as a month ago confirms other data to me that helmets can help save ones head or face from more serious injury."
The experience of one person doesn't provide any information on…"
"In a normal world, if you passed a law that increased the number of injuries per cyclist, it would be condemned as a failure and repealed.
There's no doubt that helmet laws made cycling more dangerous. When you divide the number of…"