Compulsory Cycle Helmet Legislation Linked to 29% Reduction in Cyclist Head Injuries

The research has looked at the ratio of head to arm and leg injuries in cyclists admitted to hospitals in New South Wales since 1991 when the wearing of helmets became mandatory.

The researchers issue a warning against seeing cycle helmets as a panacea for cycle safety.  There is great potential for "framing" in the policy discussion: focusing merely on head injuries and failing to consider the overall injury mechanisms suffered by cyclists and their overall safety, or the health benefits offered by cycling.  


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