Comment 41973

By arienc (registered) | Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:25:12

An often overlooked issue in the helmet debate...women.

In countries where helmet use is not prevalent, nearly an equal proportion of cyclists are male and female.

In countries where helmet use is prevalent, cyclists are predominantly male.

Where a helmet is considered necessary, cycling is not seen as a pleasant way to get around, it is seen as a high-risk activity, and therefore women are less likely to participate on a regular basis.

I think that cycling advocates often overlook the importance of encouraging greater gender balance on the roads, especially as women are often less likely to take risks and more likely to ride in a way which is considered law-abiding and co-operative with other users of the roads.

And one must also realize the frequency of head injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes is extremely high. Where are the campaigns to enforce hemlet use among motorists?

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