Comment 65607

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 06, 2011 at 07:35:27

From Colville-Andersen's talk:

The automobile industry is one of the main promoters of bicycle helmets. And why? It's simple, really. The bicycle is a real and immediate threat to the dominance of car culture in our cities. And the reason you've never been given the opportunity to purchase [protective head gear for vehicle occupants] is that the car industry won't touch them. They excel at marketing their products, and they know it would be a catastrophe for car sales if we started telling people that driving a car is proven to be statistically incredibly dangerous.

Helmet campaigns and helmet laws tell people that cycling is dangerous, when in fact cycling is safer than driving. When people think cycling is dangerous, they stop cycling. When fewer people ride bicycles, cycling actually becomes more dangerous.

After considering the evidence, it's hard not to conclude that our helmet policy causes more harm than it prevents.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2011-07-06 07:35:35

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