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Old 03-29-07, 06:06 PM
John C. Ratliff
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I'm still asking about the Tour de France injuries, and the questions I asked that you do not answer. Is in not possible that the helmets helped prevent head injuries in this situation. I looked at the video very closely, and to me it appears that the first cyclist to go down hit on his shoulder/head first, then rolled over onto his back, and bounced off the guard rail. He impacted the guard rail with his head, helmet first, then bounced away. Kessler went over the top of the guard rail, head first, impacted on his head with enough force to imbed rocks in his helmet, then flipped onto his back, where he was shown laying still just after the impact. The third rider went over the guard rail and broke his femur in the process. He went further down into what looked like berry bushes down the hill. None of these cyclists had head injuries.

Why is this important to this discussion? Well, Closetbiker said that the helmet would cause ratational forces which would injure a rider because of their larger radius from the center of the head. This did not occur to the one rider who was seen with his head against the ground at over 20 mph. I'm also wondering whether anyone would like to bury their head into gravel with enough force to imbed rocks into it?

Concerning this study that Closetbiker just brought up, read the whole thing. Yes, they were emphasizing helmets, but that was not the only thing that they recommended. Here is another quote from that study:

Bicycle Safety Education and Awareness Program
From the general to the particular. Discussion concerning the OIP and its approach to accident prevention leads us directly to a program that has been developed on the basis of the principles enunciated by the OIP. Whereas there is very serious ongoing concern about the safety of cyclists, it must at the same time be recognized that major steps are now being taken to reduce accidents, such injuries and deaths. The Motor Vehicle Branch (MVB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Highways initiated its Bicycle Safety Education and Awareness Program in the Spring of 1994.
The MVB is now into its third year in the development and operation of a multi-year, province-wide education and awareness program to promote safe cycling within the province. Its primary objectives are as follows: 1. Improve cycling skills, knowledge level and attitude of young B.C. cyclists; 2. Promote the use of proper safety equipment among cyclists of all ages; and 3. Improve the road sharing relationship between cyclists and motorists.

The education and awareness campaign is being implemented by an advisory group to the MVB called the Cycling Education Committee (CEC). Represented on this committee are a number of organizations from the fields of cycling, health, education, government and injury prevention medicine who have a vested interest in the promotion of safe cycling in B.C. Membership includes the coordinating manager for the Office of Injury Prevention.

With the guidance of the committee, the MVB will pursue three streams in its goal to reduce the frequency and seriousness of cycling related incidents and fatalities in B.C.: education programs; public awareness campaigns; and stakeholder involvement

Safe Cycling Education Programs
While most safe cycling programs target people of all ages, young cyclists have been identified as a very important group. By reaching the eight to 16-year-olds and their parents, there is a real opportunity to instill safe cycling practices such as wearing bicycle helmets and handling a bicycle safely and competently for life.
Therefore, one of the CEC's primary activities is the development of a standardized cycling education program for schools and communities. An educational program design consultant was contracted to develop the 'Bike Smarts' cycling skills instruction program. Modular in design and geared to elementary school students in Grades 3 to 7, this program covers rules of the road, the importance of protective equipment such as bicycle helmets, bicycle handling skills, understanding traffic signals and hands-on practice in group bicycle riding sessions.

The initial Bike Smarts cycling skills instruction course was conducted in two schools in Fall 1994. An expanded pilot program was conducted in the Spring 1995. It included conducting one to two courses in each of the MVB's four regions throughout the province and a "Train the Trainer" pilot instruction program to develop Bike Smarts course instructors for each community. Members of the Advisory Committee and the educational community will be consulted on an ongoing basis to ensure the program meets technical and educational standards. Currently, the program is available to teachers and instructors for children ages 7-13, to teach skills on safe handling of bicycles. The Bike Smarts Handbook outlines five bicycle safety sessions with a sixth road component given by a certified instructor.

As the educational program grows and community demand for consistent cycling instruction increases, the Committee will begin the process of transferring stewardship to one or more organizations committed to safe cycling education to ensure long-term, community-based program delivery and further development.

It is the Advisory Committee's long term education goal to provide fundamental safe cycling skills instruction to all B.C. elementary school children.

Based on the success of Bike Smarts program, partnerships with like-minded organizations, the Committee and the MVB hope to establish community cycling resource centres throughout the Province by 1997.
This is much like a program that is being implemented here, in the Portland area. I'll have more on that later. But again, this is a helmet thread, and I think Closetbiker is trying to divert attention away from questions he cannot answer.

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