Comment 65637

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 06, 2011 at 11:26:23 in reply to Comment 65633

there is a safety benefit to wearing a helmet.

There are two overriding questions:

  1. Is there a net safety benefit to an individual wearing a helmet?

  2. Is there a net safety benefit to a public policy/campaign/law that encourages helmet wearing?

The first question is highly uncertain. Studies point one way and the other, contradicting each other and leaving confused anyone who is serious about making a decision based on evidence.

The second question is very straightforward: helmet policies do discourage people from riding bicycles, and lower rates of cycling do cause higher actual numbers (not just rates) of casualties.

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