Should I wear a helmet?
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 2:48pm 21 December 2011
- Posted in: Safer cycling on the roads
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LCC believes cyclists should be able to choose whether to wear a helmet or not. This is because the evidence that helmets increase safety is inconclusive (visit www.cyclehelmets.org for more information), whereas they have been shown to reduce the number of people who cycle, which sadly increases danger to cyclists.
Helmets do not prevent cyclists from being involved in a crash, and making cycle helmet wearing compulsory is often seen as a substitute for taking concrete measures to reduce road danger - for example by improving street design and improving driver behaviour. In Holland, where they have the safest streets in the world, cycle helmets are not compulsory.
The LCC believes that promoting compulsory wearing of cycle helmets is a distraction from the real issues of road safety and responsible cycling – which LCC are actively campaigning on.