So, I shouldn’t wear a bike helmet?
Now they’re telling us not to wear bike helmets??
The gist of the story is that:
- No one really likes to wear bike helmets,
- Pressuring and/or requiring people to wear them could just make them not ride their bike, and
- Bike helmets’ impact on bike safety has yet to be proven.
Well, we certainly don’t want to deter any more people from riding their bikes, do we?
Everyone talks about how lovely and safe cycling is in Amsterdam and Copenhagen, where there are tons of bike lanes, tons of bike-aware motorists and almost no helmets. But Denver—capital city of the fourth most bike-friendly state in the U.S.—still has multi-lane, shoulderless boulevards and negligent, ignorant and aggressive motorists, which definitely make helmets feel like a smart move here.
Will cycling ever gain universal popularity if you have to wear a dorky helmet while doing it?
I don’t know, but any article that works in the Wayne’s World video clip where Stacy flips over the car on her bike is worth a read.
P.S. Thanks, Tom, for one more article recommendation!