Why We SHOULDN’T Wear Helmets
To summarize his talk, Anderson feels we live in a culture of fear that scares people away from seeing the bike as a rational and safe means of transportation by relying heavily on promoting helmet usage. He pulls from scientific studies and various polls that reference both the risks and rewards of cycling as well as other activities, such as driving and walking. Ultimately, he feels cycling gets the short end of the stick as an activity that is promoted as far more dangerous than it actually is.
I feel some of his assumptions are a little presumptuous and exaggerated (people would stop driving if they knew how statistically dangerous cars are?), but hey, a little rousing debate never set us back. Anderson’s talk is convincing to a point, but I think he’s (deliberately?) trying to swing the pendulum to the equally opposite end of the helmet consideration. As in most discussions, a middle ground is probably the rational practice Anderson is really begging us to adopt. I worry about asking you to share your opinions in the comments section, but hey, let’s keep the pot from getting stagnant.