The impacts of compulsory cycle helmet legislation
An interesting paper called 'The impacts of compulsory cycle helmet legislation on cyclist fatalities and premature deaths in the UK' has been written by James Gleave, Senior Strategic Transport Officer at Central Bedfordshire Council for the Transport Planning Society. The full paper can be read here.
Whilst we recommend reading the full paper, which contains many interesting statistics and considers the pros and cons fully, the summing up suggests that compelling cyclists to wear helmets by law is likely to both reduce cycling levels, and lead to more premature deaths, than the legislation would save. It goes on to say that transport professionals have a much wider health and safety remit than simply reducing the number of road crash casualties and proposes that if transport professionals wish to save the lives of cyclists, the focus should be on other measures that will encourage more people to cycle by making the bike a safer and more attractive transport option.
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