Tag Archives: Bicycle Helmet Debate

Capitalizing On The Death Of Cyclists

Sometimes it seems as if advertising people will do anything to sell us their wares. Many of the things they do are outrageous, and if the rest of us did these things, we would be admonished for being unethical or … Continue reading

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Bicyclists Are Now Officially Better People

When stumbling upon an article with the title of “Why Riding Your Bike Makes You A Better Person (According To Science)” you must stop and read it. Never mind that it was published on The Huffington Post website, which you … Continue reading

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Anti-Helmet Law Advocates Arguing Strictly On The Basis Of Statistics

It’s difficult to ride a bicycle in a developed country without the topic of helmet use coming up. To the safety-minded, helmets seem like a good idea. To the freedom-minded, requiring the use of helmets seems like a loss of … Continue reading

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Proposals Of Ticketing Cyclists Without Lights To Make Cycling Safer

  Whenever the local media decides to “investigate” bicycling safety in Boston, I feel the need to tune in, just to see where cyclists stand with the media and the public. Such an event was recently held by the Boston … Continue reading

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Is There Such A Thing As Safe Cyclists?

A reader recently drew my attention to a “research” paper purporting to explain why mandatory helmet laws don’t reduce injuries. Of the anti-helmet research papers I’ve read to date, this one presents the most convoluted arguments against mandatory helmet laws … Continue reading

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Non-Helmet Wearers Coming Out Of The Closet

  Maybe someday no one will have to hide in the closet. Prejudice will be a thing of the past. And each and every one of us will be accepted for who we are. For now, those whose natural disposition … Continue reading

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Does The Public See Cycling Without A Helmet As Analogous To Drunk Driving?

  Whenever a cyclist is hit by a car, the first question everyone asks is: “Was he wearing a helmet?” This is always asked in an accusatory tone, as if to imply guilt on the part of the cyclist for … Continue reading

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Using Medical Journals to Lend Credibility to Anti-Helmet Use Arguments

In countries with mandatory helmet laws, people opposed to helmet use regulation often go to great lengths to overturn the law. In New Zealand, for instance, a controversial report was recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal claiming that … Continue reading

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Illusions Created By Cyclists

  In a subjective world, perceptions are everything. How people see things is as important as what those things are in and for themselves because it’s human nature to interpret the world around us in the context of our own … Continue reading

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Defying Beliefs About Cyclists

  When it comes to minority groups, the majority group always develops preconceived notions about who they are. Such ideas are based on observation, partial knowledge, emotion and imagination. Cyclists, as a minority group, have been, and continue to be, … Continue reading

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