Bicycle helmets should not be compulsory, say doctors
From The Telegraph
Wearing bicycle helmets should not be mandatory, doctors have said in a surprise finding published in the British Medical Journal.
If people are forced to wear helmets they may give up cycling altogether and lose the health benefits of regular exercise, they warned.
More than two thirds of the respected journal’s readers said they opposed compulsory helmets for adults.
One respondent in the poll of 1,427 people said: “It gives out the message that cycling is dangerous, which it is not. The evidence that cycling helmets work to reduce injury is not conclusive.
“What has, however, been shown is that laws that make wearing helmets compulsory decrease cycling activity. Cycling is a healthy activity and cyclists live longer on average than non-cyclists.”
Another added: “Since nowhere with a helmet law can show any reduction in risk to cyclists, only a reduction in cyclists, why would anyone want to bring in a law for something which is clearly not effective at reducing the risk to cyclists?”