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Can Bicycle Helmets Be Stylish? Vancouver Bicycle Accident Attorneys Explore the Issue.

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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When our Vancouver bicycle accident lawyers reflect on all the terrible stories we have heard, we wonder why so many bike riders don’t wear their helmets:

  • Are helmets too inconvenient?
  • Are helmets too uncomfortable?
  • Do riders lack education about helmet safety?

All of those elements surely contribute. However, maybe the fashion angle is also part of the issue. Could the gawky, awkward styling of most helmets turn people off?

That hypothesis makes sense when you consider teen bikers. It could also explain why some kids and adults don’t wear them. After all, who wants to look silly?

Unfortunately, if you adopt unsafe riding habits as a teen (riding without a helmet or failing to properly inflate your tires), odds are that you will maintain those bad habits as you grow up.

The point is, if we can make wearing a bicycle helmet more “cool,” perhaps we can collectively reduce the number and severity of bike tragedies.

A recent article at MarketWatch.com addressed this point. The article quotes Amanda Van Doorene, a New York designer, who rues that most helmets are “ugly ... long, pointy and prominent.” Even though she owns and wears a helmet, she calls the helmet “ugly and awful and uncomfortable.”

A study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine in 2012 found that more than 50 percent of bike riders don’t wear helmets—the lack of style certainly could be one of the reasons why.

Some fashion companies are starting to get the hint, and they are taking matters into their own hands. Gucci now offers a bike helmet emblazoned with the famous Gucci logo. Other companies, such as Nutcase, Bern, Yakkay, and Hövding are also marketing more fashion-forward helmets.

But not all fashionable helmets make the safety grade.

Consumer Reports (CR) rated Nutcase’s Street Sport 8 Ball and Bern’s Brighton Thin Shell EPS helmets "poor" on impact tests. CR's top five safest helmets were all the clunky, traditional kind.

If you or a loved one got hurt in a cycling incident, the Vancouver bicycle accident lawyers at McComb Witten would love to talk to you and help you figure out what to do to get justice and obtain compensation. Call 604-255-9018 now to schedule your free case evaluation. You may also wish to consider downloading our free report, The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know, to learn more about dealing with ICBC.