Helmets and Hi-viz

Intuitively it makes sense to protect yourself from road danger by any means possible and wearing a cycle helmet and hi-viz is one way to do this. However, as Chris Boardman has said, “the topic isn’t even in the top 10 things that will really keep people who want to cycle safe.” This is underlined when considering what can be learned from considering how the construction industry has moved toward a zero tolerance of casualties, A Health and Safety Perspective of Cycling Safety. Cycling is a safe and healthy activity, but if an individual happened to fall off their bike and strike their head, a well-fitted and properly fastened helmet would offer some injury protection. Yet from a population perspective there appears to be no overall health benefit and their use may contribute to putting people off cycling as an everyday activity, with huge health impacts It’s NICE to be right – Physical activity and the environment guidance. There is a good summary of the debate in this six minute video Why forcing cyclists to wear helmets will not save lives. BCyC supports the position of Cycling UK that it is more important to encourage people of all ages to cycle, than to make an issue of whether they use a helmet when doing so. As our mission states, we want a future where cycling in Greater Bristol so easy that everyone does it.