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Originally Posted by Dewaine
Some numbers on bicycle deaths:

http://www.iihs.org/research/fatalit.../bicycles.html

Wear a helmet.
That funny that you should highlite in red to wear a helmet when the Nationmaster link you gave contradicts the iihs links suggestions to wear a helmet that you gave.

The iihs page gives 2 references one of which is the TRT study that the nationmaster pages discredits. The wikipedia page give 42 references and seems a more complete examination of the topic.

The first line in the iihs page is

Two percent of motor vehicle-related deaths are bicyclists. The most serious injuries among a majority of those killed are to the head, highlighting the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. Helmet use has been estimated to reduce head injury risk by 85 percent.
this link between motor vehicle-related death and cyclists reduction head injury by 85% has been shown to have no validity. The study showing 85% reduction in head injury were to children falling from their bikes at a slow speed with no involvment with cars. Bicycle helmets have not been made to withstand these collisions.

If the problem is motor vehicles, the bicycle helmet is not the solution.

It sounds like the wikipedia point that - helmet promoters routinely make claims which manufacturers cannot, due to truth in advertising restrictions.
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