Helmet Debate Is Distraction From Real Safety Issues

Chris Boardman was appointed Greater Manchester’s first ever commissioner for walking and cycling in 2017.  Known s “The Professor, Boardman is a British former racing cyclist who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, broke the world hour record three times, and won three stages and wore the yellow jersey on three separate occasions at the Tour de France. In 1992, he was awarded an MBE for services to cycling.

Chris Boardman: “Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe”

by John Stevenson, February 17, 2014
British Cycling policy advisor says it’s time to stop distracting helmet arguments and concentrate on real safety issues…
“We’ve got to tackle the helmet debate head on because it’s so annoying,” he said. “It gets a disproportionate amount of coverage. When you have three minutes and someone asks ‘Do you wear a helmet’ you know the vast majority of your time when you could be talking about stuff that will make a difference, is gone.”

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2 Replies to “Helmet Debate Is Distraction From Real Safety Issues”

  1. Safety is about all parties involved taking a role . The bike rider is part of the issue. That’s the type of idealism that the society has develop. All many levels. I speak as a retired paramedic who knows about accidents and who has liability

    1. Those who want to wear a helmet should definitely do so. APCSC doesn’t advocate not wearing a helmet, but that the government should not require it, nor should any bicyclist be shamed for not wearing one, or blamed for being injured by being in a crash with a car, wearing a helmet or not. The debate takes away from the serious issue: the need for better bicycle infrastructure in the US.

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