Bicycling and helmets

Posted by fish @fish, May 16, 2013

My teenage son recently started bicycling a lot less. My wife and I both cycle and we’re disappointed to see this. It has taken me some time to sort out what happened, but it turns out a kid at school was teased about wearing a helmet on bike to school day. We’ve strictly required him to wear a helmet and he’s decided he’d rather not ride his bike than wear a helmet.

I’d really like him to bike and I’m considering letting him bike without the helmet. I’m trying to sort out how dangerous it is to bike without a helmet. From what I can sort out it seems that biking without a helmet is approximately as dangerous as riding in a car without a helmet. Am I underestimating the risk?

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I think these stats look convincing to wear your helmet! http://www.helmets.org/stats.htm The fatality risk is so much lower when you have a helmet. It’s a small price to pay for protection of your head! Perhaps telling him that many professional athletes always wear helmets (NFL, NHL), or just taking him to the store and letting him pick out an expensive “trendy” model will help curb the teasing.

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Have you heard of these new “invisible helmets”? Pretty great idea in my opinion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMAhptqk-4Q

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@TonyHart87

Have you heard of these new “invisible helmets”? Pretty great idea in my opinion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMAhptqk-4Q

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Wow! This is incredible. And so inspiring, both the technology and the female entrepreneurs. Thanks for sharing!

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