but how many people other than the great and long-lost TJ can claim that they are safer not wearing onelooking back thru the thread quite a lot of people saying they choose to wear a helmet but don't see the need for compulsion - i'd fit that category
I believe (rightly or wrongly) that wearing a helmet can mitigate the injuries in some accidents but it contributes very little to the safety of cyclists and campaigning for compulsory wear will not fix anything - the major cause of serious injury and death for cyclists is vehicles and the way in which they are driven - here are some simple checks - based on the ever popular "what about the kids"
if helmets were compulsory would it be safer for kids to cycle to school?
- my answer = no it might mitigate the outcome of a collision
if high viz were compulsory would if be safer for kids to ride to school?
-my answer no = high viz just helps those drivers that are already aware of cyclists and other vulnerable road users
If speed limits in urban areas were reduced on all roads and enforced would it safer for kids to ride to school - yes
if drivers had to resit tests every five years would if be safer - yes
if more road space were take away from vehicles and given to cycles would it be safer - yes
a campaign for compulsory helmet wear moves the blame for accidents on to cyclists and fails to address anything