Do you wear no helmet to feel free? How will you feel the wind in your hair or the helmet when you can no longer feel the top of your head because the nerves were torn to ****.
So, electrik, if I post a picture of a cyclist with massive facial injuries, does that mean you'll wear a full-face helmet?
Here's another link you won't bother to read, but I'll provide for you anyways.
if helmets do work, why is this proving so difficult to see?
I pray your luck does not run out because eventually you will be caught without and it will be shocking for you.
Well, CB, on behalf of Americans everywhere I recommend you sue electrik for defamation of character. At the very least, your government ought to be able to force him to remove his "location" tag.
It really isn't that dangerous. Period. It is more dangerous to not cycle, and if we want to promote cycling to a horribly obese and oil addicted nation (and increasingly, world) we have to let them know that. It is more dangerous for an obese person to not cycle than to cycle without a helmet. Period.
Lastly there is NO dichotomy here, it isn't helmets or no cyclists. Don't be lead to believe that.
What's killing people these days is inactivity, and a lot of that is due to the percieved dangers of certain activities, like cycling. In reality, it is more dangerous, by far, to make people believe that physical activity is so dangerous it requires special protective equipment than it is to promote them getting out there because what's really killing them is the sitting and eationg Cheetos. Expodentially more people die from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and hardening of the arteries due to obesity and inactivity than are even injured on a bicycle. Then, when you consider just head injuries on bicycles, the numbers are so low as to be statistically almost non-existant.
What I'm saying here is we need to focus on what is really injuring people (inactivity) and quit trying to make something so benign as cycling look like it is extremely dangerous. It isn't. In fact it is one of the safest activities I engage in on a daily basis. Let's make it fun again!
Further, nobody is saying cycling is extremely dangerous, but if you engage in an activity long enough you will face those sorts of injury a helmet can prevent and you want to prevent head injury -trust me.
Lastly, head injuries are not statistically non-existent, whatever that means. It sounds pretty convenient and just you try telling somebody who has suffered one that.
If you engage in any activity long enough you will die while doing it. That doesn't mean it requires protective clothing. If we try to eliminate all the tiny risks we run, our time will be less enjoyable and our health almost certainly worse than had we simply got on with being active, risk-taking people. One person in a thousand will avoid a severe head injury while the rest of us live shorter, less healthy, more miserable lives.
And that is without even considering the fact that evidence suggests that helmets don't make much difference to whether cyclists get hurt or not...
I've had a pretty serious head wound... from an accident in a pool with a diving board. Lots of stitches, still have the scar. Trust me, I know it hurts like a mother. I also know the way the scalp functions helps mitigate brain damage in the kind of accidents occurred in cycling. It aids in sliding across the pavement moreso than a helmet does, especially the touted comfortable vented variety, which tends to "catch". Why do you think they are trying to copy this in new helmet designs? For funsies?
Lessee... brain damage, ripped scalp.... brain damage, ripped scalp. Yeah, I think I'll take the ripped scalp. That's a lot less debilitating than brain damage.
I wear a helmet occasionally and I usually don't for example when I ride to school or take a cruise on the bike paths or go for a slow bike journey. I probably would when I ride on busy roads and stuff, to me it's a feeling thing. I don't see why people should force others to wear a helmet or not, I don't see why there is so much hate. It's the person's choice at the end of the day. I'm pretty sure you can die while wearing a helmet too as well as die without one and same for on and off the bike. I've had my accidents rolled over the bars, road rash on my knees due to tire skids and such but nothing major. I think riding with caution is way more important, better to prevent than to be in an accident. It's my own opinion, other's have their own of course and I respect that.
There is opposition to this of course. That opposition says cycling doesn't result in head injury nearly as much as the others say, and the use of helmets have shown they have had little, if any effect on reducing the few head injuries people on bikes receive.
There is an added element of bicycle bashing here as well. Riding bikes improves health, environment and safety, it doesn't threaten it, but promotion of helmets relies on showing cycling as dangerous, something it is not. Cycling is beneficial, helmet promotion says it's dangerous, thus the advocacy angle of the debate.
This is a far cry from New Zealand (or the Capital district of Vancouver Island, BC) where there is vigorous enforcement and usage rates of over 90%.
Many areas that have helmet laws are lax in enforcement leading to usage rates that can be lower than other areas with no helmet law (I recently saw some information that showed Portland, Org. that has no law had a usage rate of 77% while Vancouver BC that has a law has a usage rate of 55%)
Any more links "nobody will read anyway" that anyone cares to post?
All links posted here so far (except the YT vid) are posted here. Updated today for omission (<-- singular) and additions.
You can hose a man down with a water cannon, but he can still be thirsty.
promote injury. After all things have worked out so well in the last 20 years or so, right?