Attention Cyclists - Australian Study Indicates Helmets Reduce Risk of Head Injury
A recent study conducted in Australia indicates that certified bicycle helmets are effective in reducing the risk of head, skull and brain injury in a bicycle accident.
Dr. Andrew McIntosh, lead author of the study and professor at the University of New South Wales stated:
" Our findings confirm that bicycle helmets certified to AS/NZS 2063 do indeed work and are effective in reducing linear and angular head accelerations as well as impact force...... These results directly counter unsupported claims to the contrary by some anti-helmet cycling campaigns."
This study has serious implications for the debate that is current taking place in Vancouver regarding the necessity for a cyclist helmet law.
Some groups argue that any any mandatory bicycle helmet requirement needs to be balanced with the societal benefits which would flow to Vancouverites from moving people out of cars and onto bikes.
Based on this recent Australian study and others ,which support the safety benefits of bicycle helments, I believe that the case for keeping British Columbia's mandatory helmet law of the books is a strong one.
Having seen the horrific human and social costs arising from a brain injury, we need to ensure that the obvious safety hazard arising from a cyclist riding without a helmet on the streets of B.C.'s Lower Mainland is avoided.
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