The Safety Paradox

“Focusing on the attire of the most vulnerable users of the road also distracts us from the serious policy discussions we need to have, in order to truly democratize our streets. Baseless speculation over safety gear is happily promoted by doctors, politicians, and the media without question, while meaningful initiatives proven to prevent injuries – such as dedicated cycle tracks, bike-share schemes, speed limit reductions, and heavy goods vehicle restrictions – are stirred up into manufactured controversies. Take Paris as a shining example, who swiftly executed each and every one of these measures in the last five years, effectively doubling the number of bicycles on their busy streets, and – despite helmet usage of around 2 per cent – didn’t experience a single cycling fatality in 2011.”


One thought on “The Safety Paradox

  1. Point well taken, Chris.
    I am a 100% devoted helmet user, but I totally understand the reasons for not wearing a helmet, particularly in city cycling. There is plenty of data to support either point of view, so bringing up helmet use or whatever else we wear becomes totally distracting when trying to deal with Vision Zero safety improvements and Complete Streets.


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