Cyclists using public roads must legally wear helmets

A simplistic idea that all cyclists using public roads must wear a helmet. This not only protects cyclists but also other roads users. Obviously if a cyclist is involved in an accident the odds of serious head injury is reduced if the cyclist is wear a helmet. If for example a cyclist to swerved out when a car is pass or heading towards the cyclist and the car makes contact with the cyclist a helmet will secretly reduce the change of serious head injury. This means that not only will the cyclist be  more protected but the vehicle driver will be less likely to be involved in a fatal or like changing accident and also be protected from having to go through an investigation, inquest and potential trial of they are not at fault. This will also mean they are less likely to have such an incident hanging over them for the rest of their life 

Why the contribution is important

Protects both cyclists and other road users from harm and distress

by Christiandavis on April 13, 2018 at 03:50PM

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  • Posted by TarrooUshtey April 13, 2018 at 16:30

    Big of you to try and reduce your potential liability for mowing down cyclists in this way. However I suspect we'd actually be better served by taking steps to reduce the incidence of drivers mowing down cyclists in the first place. Meanwhile could you point us to the data which supports the likely effectiveness of what you propose? Based on the data and commentaries I have seen, it looks likely that we could save far more lives by forcing motorists and pedestrians to wear helmets.
  • Posted by Lightning April 14, 2018 at 21:05

    While this seems like a good idea, given the lack of enforcement for seat belts, mobile phone use etc. This could be another thing to make the thin blue line even thinner. Then, could the judiciary be relied upon to dish out penalties that would encourage compliance? I believe using a mobile phone whilst driving carries a mavimum fine of £2,500, how often has this been dished out?
  • Posted by DixieLad April 16, 2018 at 12:37

    The fact that a motorist might think a cyclist is safe to hit when wearing a helmet absolutely leaves me not wanting to wear a helmet. While on my daily commute I actually feel safer not wearing a helmet as I feel motorists generally give me a wider berth because I believe I must appear more vulnerable. What I really wish to avoid is being hit by a motorist, especially up the rear end.
  • Posted by WXMAN April 23, 2018 at 15:02

    Most cyclists wear helmets already, as a simple slip off on a gravelly bit of road or pothole can cause a head injury. In the case of collisions between a motor vehicle and a cyclist, a polystyrene hat is not going to be much help to anyone under the wheels of a 2-ton vehicle. So, in terms of road safety, cycle helmets don't help. It's much better that drivers don't run over cyclists at all.
  • Posted by RobH April 30, 2018 at 08:18

    In all countries this has been implemented it has reduced participation levels significantly. The benefits of cycling far outweigh the risks at a time when over 60% of us are obese or overweight.
    Cycling helmets are made for impacts of 12mph or slower so ok for a small fall which is why I see most sport/leisure cyclists wear them but if anyone thinks this will make any impact or contribution to ‘road safety’ is misguided at best.
    If we are to make any impact in reducing head injuries for road users consider that 50%+ of all head injuries are drivers/passengers in RTCs.

    Compulsory helmets for drivers?

    Mandating safety clothing (PPE) for people cycling whilst we do nothing else would be an abject failure of Government.
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