The CycleChat Helmet Debate Thread

classic33

Legendary Member
My Kids' school has recently sent out a letter informing us they will be considering adding helmets to the uniform policy when cycling.

They asked for opinions. Ive just written them a 505 word letter why they shouldn't.
They'll be making certain that those pupils travelling on school buses will be using the seat belts fitted. Whilst also assuming legal responsiblity for the kids who cycle to school.
 

mjr

Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next
My Kids' school has recently sent out a letter informing us they will be considering adding helmets to the uniform policy when cycling.

They asked for opinions. Ive just written them a 505 word letter why they shouldn't.
Tim Gill covered this. http://cycle-helmets.com/cyclingreport_timgill.pdf
 

RoadRider400

Well-Known Member
I have always had a crash helmet, more to keep the wife happy as she gets a little worried. I often wouldnt bother if she was out for the day.
The other year we went on holiday to the far east. One day we were in a cab coming back from a day trip. We passed by what seemed like a very recent collision between a bike and a car. Im not going to go into much detail because I dont really like having the image in my head. The overriding memory however was of people just looking at the person on the ground, knowing there probably wasnt anything they could do. Would a helmet have helped? maybe, maybe not.
But I have worn mine ever since.
 

mjr

Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next
The Tour de France presentation in Brussels today has the racers very visibly riding through the crowd in formation over cobbles, up and down ramps, giving high-fives as they go and stopping on marks to be interviewed - so it seems that even ASO and UCI finally accept that there are times when helmets are unnecessary, and if they're not needed for that obstacle course, surely I don't need them for a flattish ride into town on smooth tarmac. :smile:
 

ozboz

Über Member
Location
Richmond ,Surrey
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I ordered one of these yesterday, Bontrager WaveCel Commuter , if my new job venture turns out ok then I will be doing a lot of commuting between Richmond and London, I’ve had some let’s say ‘moments’ on the bike in and around London so for me it’s a must ,especially as Ms ozboz went down and smacked her head just over her eye socket on a kerb due to an idiot with his dog with a retractable lead , her helmet saved a very nasty head wound , also hopefully for me it help keep my noggin warm and dry ,
 

icowden

Senior Member
Location
Surrey
Well at least the refutation has as much nonsense as the article it complains about. The author starts off arguing that you can't state the results of one piece of statistical analysis unless you try to compare it to a completely different dataset. He then falls back on the canard that if you have the safest cycling infrastructure in the world (Holland) you don't need a helmet and that therefore that should apply worldwide to any country or town regardless.

What's probably most annoying is that neither the news media nor the site quoted above seem to have the first idea of what Dr O'Halloran's research paper is about, instead opting to parrot some statistics related to the research and a quote where he suggests that helmets reduce the risk of skull fracture (which to me seems not unlikely).

Maybe at some point when the paper is published we will see some more informed commentary.
 
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