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This is kind of a pet peeve with me, and the fact that I found this talk today just encouraged me to bring it up.

Mikael Colville-Andersen is not the biggest fan of the bike helmet. An avid cyclist, filmmaker, and fan of livable, bike-heavy cities, he delivered a talk at TEDxCopenhagen in late 2010 that slammed one of our long-held beliefs about bicycle safety — he suggested that cyclists shouldn't worry about wearing helmets.
In the talk, Colville-Andersen describes the culture of fear dominating our modern society and "an almost pornographic obsession with safety equipment." The idea that we're in danger lends itself to a "bubble-wrap society," with many people financially benefiting from the everyday person's paranoia about the risks lurking behind every corner. He identified the promotion of the bike helmet as a marketing moves. The helmet lacks a great track record of safety scientifically, he notes, and the scientific community is split on its efficiency. What he scrutinizes is the testing, the statistics surrounding helmet safety, and the deeper dangers that could affect a cycling culture crippled by fear.
What we need, according to Colville-Andersen, is logic. Looking at Copenhagen, he connects the promotion of bike helmets with strong drops in cycling due to fear. "People are getting scared away from a very intelligent, life-extending, sustainable zero carbon transport form by making it seem much more dangerous than it is," he tells the TEDx audience. He compares the great health benefits of cycling to any of the risks inherent in bike helmet promotion and enthusiastically advocates for society to encourage cycling at the expense of helmets. The criticism has emerged elsewhere in the cycling community, such as in this article tracking the emergence of the helmet in America and how it affected actual cyclist safety.
Idea of the day: Ditch the bike helmet - @TBD On Foot | TBD.com
 

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Summary: There is no federal law in the U.S. requiring bicycle helmets. The states and localities below began adopting laws in 1987, mostly limited to children under 18. More info on helmet laws follows the list.

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One of the dumbest opinions I have ever read

Helmets scare people away from bicycling
 
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This is a great source for real data about the issues.

Cycle helmets: an international resource

If you study the science you will see that there is no consensus about the efficacy of helmets, and the data actually shows that brain injuries tend to increase the more people use helmets.

Please note that that does not mean helmets make things worse. It is plausible, however, that the false belief that helmets actually protect you make people less cautious.
 
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Summary: There is no federal law in the U.S. requiring bicycle helmets. The states and localities below began adopting laws in 1987, mostly limited to children under 18. More info on helmet laws follows the list.

Bicycle Helmet Laws
If I thought this was a national issue I would have put it in politics, thanks for playing, and ignoring the point.
 

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This is a great source for real data about the issues.

Cycle helmets: an international resource

If you study the science you will see that there is no consensus about the efficacy of helmets, and the data actually shows that brain injuries tend to increase the more people use helmets.

Please note that that does not mean helmets make things worse. It is plausible, however, that the false belief that helmets actually protect you make people less cautious.
BULL----!:eusa_whistle:
 

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Guess it all comes down to how much you value your brain
 

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what percentage of fatal head injuries is prevented by helmets? bike helmets are a good thing....go to any bike shop and they will have a wall of broken helmets.....but helmets that prevent broken heads
 

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Summary: There is no federal law in the U.S. requiring bicycle helmets. The states and localities below began adopting laws in 1987, mostly limited to children under 18. More info on helmet laws follows the list.

Bicycle Helmet Laws
If I thought this was a national issue I would have put it in politics, thanks for playing, and ignoring the point.

Do athletic cups scare off athletes?

I would think its hat hair and not fear of riding a bike that is the issue.
 

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This is kind of a pet peeve with me, and the fact that I found this talk today just encouraged me to bring it up.

Mikael Colville-Andersen is not the biggest fan of the bike helmet. An avid cyclist, filmmaker, and fan of livable, bike-heavy cities, he delivered a talk at TEDxCopenhagen in late 2010 that slammed one of our long-held beliefs about bicycle safety — he suggested that cyclists shouldn't worry about wearing helmets.
In the talk, Colville-Andersen describes the culture of fear dominating our modern society and "an almost pornographic obsession with safety equipment." The idea that we're in danger lends itself to a "bubble-wrap society," with many people financially benefiting from the everyday person's paranoia about the risks lurking behind every corner. He identified the promotion of the bike helmet as a marketing moves. The helmet lacks a great track record of safety scientifically, he notes, and the scientific community is split on its efficiency. What he scrutinizes is the testing, the statistics surrounding helmet safety, and the deeper dangers that could affect a cycling culture crippled by fear.
What we need, according to Colville-Andersen, is logic. Looking at Copenhagen, he connects the promotion of bike helmets with strong drops in cycling due to fear. "People are getting scared away from a very intelligent, life-extending, sustainable zero carbon transport form by making it seem much more dangerous than it is," he tells the TEDx audience. He compares the great health benefits of cycling to any of the risks inherent in bike helmet promotion and enthusiastically advocates for society to encourage cycling at the expense of helmets. The criticism has emerged elsewhere in the cycling community, such as in this article tracking the emergence of the helmet in America and how it affected actual cyclist safety.
Idea of the day: Ditch the bike helmet - @TBD On Foot | TBD.com


How about this. You put on a bike helmet.... i whack your head with a golf club. Would you rather be wearing the helmet or not:eusa_whistle:















































:lol:
 
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This is a great source for real data about the issues.

Cycle helmets: an international resource

If you study the science you will see that there is no consensus about the efficacy of helmets, and the data actually shows that brain injuries tend to increase the more people use helmets.

Please note that that does not mean helmets make things worse. It is plausible, however, that the false belief that helmets actually protect you make people less cautious.
BULL----!:eusa_whistle:
How is it bull?

Can you provide clinical evidence that bike helmets, which are made out of Styrofoam, and designed only to protect you from impacts that hit you directly on the top of your head?
 
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This is kind of a pet peeve with me, and the fact that I found this talk today just encouraged me to bring it up.

Mikael Colville-Andersen is not the biggest fan of the bike helmet. An avid cyclist, filmmaker, and fan of livable, bike-heavy cities, he delivered a talk at TEDxCopenhagen in late 2010 that slammed one of our long-held beliefs about bicycle safety — he suggested that cyclists shouldn't worry about wearing helmets.
In the talk, Colville-Andersen describes the culture of fear dominating our modern society and "an almost pornographic obsession with safety equipment." The idea that we're in danger lends itself to a "bubble-wrap society," with many people financially benefiting from the everyday person's paranoia about the risks lurking behind every corner. He identified the promotion of the bike helmet as a marketing moves. The helmet lacks a great track record of safety scientifically, he notes, and the scientific community is split on its efficiency. What he scrutinizes is the testing, the statistics surrounding helmet safety, and the deeper dangers that could affect a cycling culture crippled by fear.
What we need, according to Colville-Andersen, is logic. Looking at Copenhagen, he connects the promotion of bike helmets with strong drops in cycling due to fear. "People are getting scared away from a very intelligent, life-extending, sustainable zero carbon transport form by making it seem much more dangerous than it is," he tells the TEDx audience. He compares the great health benefits of cycling to any of the risks inherent in bike helmet promotion and enthusiastically advocates for society to encourage cycling at the expense of helmets. The criticism has emerged elsewhere in the cycling community, such as in this article tracking the emergence of the helmet in America and how it affected actual cyclist safety.
Idea of the day: Ditch the bike helmet - @TBD On Foot | TBD.com


How about this. You put on a bike helmet.... i whack your head with a golf club. Would you rather be wearing the helmet or not:eusa_whistle:















































:lol:
Doesn't really matter, either way I am going to be in trouble. My guess is you will be better off with the helmet because the golf won't bend as much.
 

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Summary: There is no federal law in the U.S. requiring bicycle helmets. The states and localities below began adopting laws in 1987, mostly limited to children under 18. More info on helmet laws follows the list.

Bicycle Helmet Laws
If I thought this was a national issue I would have put it in politics, thanks for playing, and ignoring the point.
Do you ride a bike?

Is someone forcing you to wear a helmet?

LOL! I'm afraid to drive because wearing a seat belt makes me realize how deadly cars really are!!!
 

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This is a great source for real data about the issues.

Cycle helmets: an international resource

If you study the science you will see that there is no consensus about the efficacy of helmets, and the data actually shows that brain injuries tend to increase the more people use helmets.

Please note that that does not mean helmets make things worse. It is plausible, however, that the false belief that helmets actually protect you make people less cautious.
BULL----!:eusa_whistle:
How is it bull?

Can you provide clinical evidence that bike helmets, which are made out of Styrofoam, and designed only to protect you from impacts that hit you directly on the top of your head?

see above post about your head, my golf club...and how your head would fair with our without it. :lol:
 

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This is a great source for real data about the issues.

Cycle helmets: an international resource

If you study the science you will see that there is no consensus about the efficacy of helmets, and the data actually shows that brain injuries tend to increase the more people use helmets.

Please note that that does not mean helmets make things worse. It is plausible, however, that the false belief that helmets actually protect you make people less cautious.
BULL----!:eusa_whistle:
How is it bull?

Can you provide clinical evidence that bike helmets, which are made out of Styrofoam, and designed only to protect you from impacts that hit you directly on the top of your head?
I am a retired nurse and my man is a retired fireman/paramedic. TBI's sux!
 
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