I have never owned a car. Nor do not wear a helmet when cycling or walking.
I used to have a MIT article explaining how if we really wanted to reduce head injuries we’d require helmets before anyone could walk up or down stairs in their home.That is way more dangerous than riding your bike, any way it could be measured (frequency, distance, severity, etc).
So I was pleased to come across this article that had some fresher stats on the merit of using a bike helmet. Of course, wearing a helmet in an accident helps protect your head. And that applies to most accidents, not just cycling.
But somehow cycling gets singled out for this special treatment. I’ve long thought it belonged in the same garbage can as when engineers assure the public that something is being done for their own safety. It usually translates into a lengthy wait or long, awkward detour for cyclists or pedestrians and a faster straighter road for motorists.
So, here’s the fresh-to-me data:
I’d love to know what’s in that 16% other category. Stairs? Falling off your chair? Being dropped?
And finally, a nicely pointed cartoon to push the idea with humour:
The source of these three illustrations and explanatory text comes from Howie Chong: