Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Do cycling helmets save lives? Researchers reject doubters and say fatal injuries greatly reduced 774 ABC MELBOURNE BY STEPHANIE CHALKLEY-RHODEN SEP 22 2016 Victoria’s cycling strategy Focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” may be Negligent. Cycling Participation Negligence Duty of Care Any Kind of Cycling More Often? Victoria's Cycling Strategy Ride2School and Comment by Pete Dowe



The University of NSW study presented to an injury prevention conference in Finland showed helmets reduced fatal head injuries by about 65 per cent.

"...before and after helmet laws, and we found there was no change in the number of people cycling," 

Dr Jake Olivier
774 ABC 22/9/16


The dogma of the goal to increase cycling participation by 
“making it easier for people to take up riding” or the focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” 
is that it dictates we must have unsafe cycling or people won’t cycle.
So for instance unsafe helmet-less cycling has been put forward by the 
Freestyle Cycling Campaign as a means of boosting participation.
If one finds the helmet requirement can be deemed too onerous,
one wonders which other cyclists’ responsibilities could not be deemed a prohibitive disincentive
to “making it easier for people to take up riding”? or the focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” 
a set of Bike lights?
Fundamental road safety measures
such as risk reduction behaviour,
and the responsibility to show a duty of care to one’s own safety as well as to other road users
can also be deemed a disincentive to
“making it easier for people to take up riding” or the focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation” 
The Freestyle Cycling campaign also deems the requirement to wear a helmet a disincentive to cycling participation because it reminds people of the risks of death, truncation of life and serious injury.
Remaining ignorant as to the risks involved in cycling has therefore also been put forward as a 
means of “making it easier for people to take up riding” or the focus on encouraging/ increasing cycling “participation”

Pete Dowe



















Do cycling helmets save lives? Researchers reject doubters and say fatal injuries greatly reduced

774 ABC MELBOURNE BY STEPHANIE CHALKLEY-RHODEN
Sydney Road cyclists
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Sydney Road has one of the highest accident rates for cyclists in Victoria.
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A new study has put to bed the notion that helmets can make cycling injuries worse or prevent people from riding, researchers say.
The University of NSW study presented to an injury prevention conference in Finland this week showed helmets reduced fatal head injuries by about 65 per cent.
Statistician Jake Olivier presented the findings and told 774 ABC Melbourne's Libbi Gorr the results were overwhelming.
"We collected data from 40 different studies using data from over 64,000 injured cyclists," he said.
"We found that helmet use was associated with about a 50 per cent reduction in head injuries of any severity, about a 70 per cent reduction in serious head injuries and those are usually skull fractures and inter-cranial injury or bleeding in the brain."
There was no association between helmet use and neck injuries, Dr Olivier said.
"Most specialists, we've known for a long time that bicycle helmets are effective. Usually the arguments against come from groups that are on the fringe."

Helmet laws 'don't stop people riding'

Australia and New Zealand are among the few countries in the world with mandatory helmet laws.
Austria has recently introduced mandatory helmet laws for children under 12 and had found there was a significant reduction in head injuries in that age group.


















But the weight of opposition against the laws meant the Austrian Government felt it could not enforce helmet wearing for adults.
Many who argue against the laws say helmets prevented people from cycling, particularly commuters.
Dr Olivier said there was no credence to the idea.
"We published a study right before this one in the Medical Journal of Australia where we looked back at some really good high-quality studies ... before and after helmet laws, and we found there was no change in the number of people cycling," he said.



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