Helmet Safety

GILBERT R. BOUCHER II/gboucher@dailyherald.com September 2008 Buffalo Grove Police Sgt. Scott Kristiansen talks how his life was saved when his bicycle helmet was cracked in a bicycle accident during the 2008 Law Enforcement Exhibition at Westfield Hawthorn in Vernon Hills. Kristiansen retired from the department at the end of 2012.

Bicycle Activists Tend To Choose A Stance Before They Have A Reason

Background Reading Bicyclists’ opposition to bill requiring helmets hard to navigate – San Francisco Chronicle (PDF) Will helmets be mandatory for Buffalo Grove bicyclists? (PDF) Summary TakeAways Even as a cyclist you end up thinking that the Urban Cycling Movement is comprised […]

Obviously this design is much too large to be practical. The circumference is bumped up to 45cm. (Perhaps more if we added MIPS.) The weight is a problem, in particular because the bulk of it is above the head's center of gravity where weight is most bothersome. Vents would not work well, if there were any. But most importantly, in a crash the leverage this helmet would exert on your head and neck would be increased dramatically by that thicker foam, upping the dreaded rotational energy to the head and perhaps making it not an anti-concussion helmet at all.

Really? Cycling Is the Top Sport for Head Injuries

Background Reading Really? Cycling Is the Top Sport for Head Injuries – The New York Times (PDF) Summary TakeAways There are two assertions that have to be investigated: Bicycling is inherently safe. It never requires the use of a helmet because it […]

Cycling advocates say bike shares, such as New York’s Citi Bike, are safer than other types of riding because the bikes are slower and often used in bike lanes and areas with other cyclists. PHOTO: ALLISON SCOTT/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Helmet Laws, More Harm Than Good?

Background Reading Do Bike Helmet Laws Do More Harm Than Good? – WSJ (PDF) Summary TakeAways There are two factors here that need to be considered. First there is the issue of increased ridership. The idea is that if the number […]

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And Now Cyclists Bemoan The State Of Cyclist Behavior Or Lack Thereof

Background Reading Bicycle injuries rise, especially for older riders – CBS News (PDF) Summary TakeAways There has long been a thread of insistence amongst the Urban Cycling Community that says anything approaching self-criticism is anti-cycling in nature and that those who […]

Obviously this design is much too large to be practical. The circumference is bumped up to 45cm. (Perhaps more if we added MIPS.) The weight is a problem, in particular because the bulk of it is above the head's center of gravity where weight is most bothersome. Vents would not work well, if there were any. But most importantly, in a crash the leverage this helmet would exert on your head and neck would be increased dramatically by that thicker foam, upping the dreaded rotational energy to the head and perhaps making it not an anti-concussion helmet at all.

Cutting Through The Anti-Helmet Nonsense

Background Reading Helmets: How they Work and What Standards Do (PDF) Helmets: Bicycle Helmets (PDF) Bicycle Helmets and Carriers for Children (PDF) Bicycle Helmet Videos (PDF) Summary TakeAways The nonsense that has raged for a few years now over the value of helmets is […]

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We Don’t Need No Stinking Helmets Either! Just Ask The Pope of Bicycle Heaven.

Background Reading Should You Wear a Helmet? Brain Injury Information (PDF) Summary TakeAways This is one of those arguments where the Church of Urban Cycling is threatening a sectarian split because its Pope has threatened excommunication for anyone defying his views. […]

In Europe, most cyclists choose to ride without helmets—but does that make sense on American roads?(Photo by heb/Wikimedia Commons)

Helmets Mandatory?

Background Reading Yes: Helmet laws would reduce preventable injuries and deaths among cyclists.—Greg Kaplan If you ride a bike, you need to wear a helmet. At present, 22 states, including the District of Columbia, have statewide laws regarding mandatory helmet use […]

An NFL-affiliated doctor said earlier this week that bicycling may be more dangerous than playing football. | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cycling More Dangerous Than Football?

Background Reading Concussion Experts Pick Apart The Myth That Cycling Is More Dangerous Than Football (PDF) Summary TakeAways I only wish half as much attention had been displayed by the Urban Cycling Movement over the deaths of pedestrians (hit while in […]

Bill would require neon clothes, government ID for cyclists

Background Reading Bill would require neon clothes, government ID for cyclists (PDF) Summary Two hundred square inches of reflective neon could become required equipment for cyclists, along with government-issued identification, if legislators support a bill that came before the state House […]

A bike commuter in Seattle keeps an eye on a car turning in front of him. AP/Elaine Thompson

For First Time Since 1970s, Bike Deaths Increase

BY DANIEL C. VOCK | OCTOBER 28, 2014 Source: Governing Most of the fatalities in the past three years happened in a handful of states and were adult men, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. […]