Here we go again...
Not sure how to post this link from the Adelaide Now Website, if this doesn't work, perhaps someone else with better IT skills can post it please???
Pretty advertisement which skirts around the safety issues conveniently and then draws a parallel between rising obesity rates and the introduction of mandatory helmet laws...!
Understandably the QLD authorities aren't happy.
> Are you claiming mandatory helmet laws made streets safe for cyclists?
Studies have shown otherwise..
But then common sense reckons banging your head against a rock is a bad idea - groan!
Sorry Doddsy - just noticed this. Not claiming anything.
I merely meant that the ad didn't go into a heap of balanced depth on safety issues, and wouldn't have intended to. After all, we have been debating this for nearly a week, and they compiled together a 30 second ad. Poorly worded on my part - apologies.
For the record - I'm not in favour of the mandatory laws, but would still choose to wear a helmet on almost every bike ride I do.
This discussion seems to have gotten just a bit out of hand.
Play the ball and not the player guys. There's no need to call someone disagreeing with you an idiot.
Without legislation, basic human nautre will prevail!!
I love this article
This same theme applies to practically all of our thinking errors: self-knowledge is surprisingly useless. Teaching people about the hazards of multitasking doesn’t lead to less texting in the car; learning about the weakness of the will doesn’t increase the success of diets; knowing that most people are overconfident about the future doesn’t make us more realistic. The problem isn’t that we’re stupid—it’s that we’re so damn stubborn.
For those of us with non cycling partners and families I wonder what they might say if we told them "Hey I've decided that I will cycle without a helmet when I think it's safe"
"Ok darling. Whatever. The Europeans have been doing that for decades. What exactly is the big deal?"
Sweetie much life insurance will I get?
"Sweetie I am driving my car without a helmet today - don't worry I just got life insurance."
Mark If you are so concerned about risk of head injury's why are you not wearing a helmet when driving in your car ?
Obviously you should keep your helmet on you clearly think riding without it is certain death for some reason ? (helmets have little effect on fatal accidents and such accidents are also rare). There is no clear evidence that helmet-laws have made any difference to safety indeed such laws seem to have proven counterproductive to cycling here.
Why not test your knowledge with this quiz - you will be surprised to find that cycling is actually quite safe - though i cant account for your personal experience given your perception I would recommend a helmet at all times.
From the helmet freedom analysis the actual difference in survival of helmeted vs non - helmeted is just 16% difference ! (so 1 in 5 may be saved by a helmet while in 4/5 cases it has no effect.) That's a far cry from the 100% protection some helmet zealots seem to think applies.
I don't fall off my car and it has a seat belt!
16% is a huge number considering the 1000s of cyclists, you've just killed your own argument!
Well most adult cyclists don't fall of their bike either !. And a seat belt does not prevent a many people getting of head injuries in car accidents.! You should wear a helmet in your car if you are worried about head injury so much.
FYI the 16% difference is rather far from the 100% you claimed and does not include factors such as risk compensation which you can read about here.
Statistically we are worse off than many helmet law free countries. Is that because people such as yourself have been duped into believing you helmet can stop 100% of injuries and fatalities ?
You are way off the mark and it's interesting that you perceive riding as so very dangerous is that a result of helmet promotion and helmet laws - apparently this perception is why 50% of people claim they don't ride - helmet promotion may have halved the number of bicycle riders.
Once you look at how safe riding is you will find that your claims of certain death are totally wrong (in fact risk of death is far lower for people who regularly exercise such as riding a bike (bike helmet or not).
Once again I wouldn't trust Wikipedia.
When did I say 100%.
It seems we have to agree to disagree. I won't change your opinion and certainly won't change mine. So let's just let it go!