In 2010 the number of cyclist killed on
The number of cycling deaths was an increase of 7% and the total number seriously injured rose by 2%. We must be careful when analysing statistics as with everything they can look rather skewed when missing all the data. It must also be pointed out that the number of cycle journeys also increased by 7% and so there is a sort of direct correlation. However what must also be pointed out is there are more cars on the roads but car accidents are decreasing year on year.
There have been numerous calls over the years for laws to enforce cyclists to wear helmets. There are big lobbies on either side of the argument. I read recently that in
Last year Annette Brooke, Lib Dem MP brought a private members bill forward to protect children from head injuries. The basic plan was to not criminalise it but to force the parent to provide evidence of helmet purchase within 28 days or face a fine
We do need to tread carefully on this and the government are right to not throw its weight around and start adding more laws to the statute books. We do however need to highlight the risks more of the potential damage caused when involved in an accident. I have posted James Cracknels video on my blog before, his story alone should be a reason to wear a helmet.
My wife works for Headway, the brain injury charity and if people could see the life changing impact a brain injury has on an individual, a family and the community that person lives they would do everything in their power to ensure their risks were minimised.
I do believe it should be law for children to wear helmets, everyone else can fend for themselves, and it is their life in the end of the day. In November 2010 the in dependent transport research Laboratory published an evaluation of all the evidence - both for and against and the report clearly showed that helmets saved lives
Use your Head wear a helmet