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If car occupants must wear seat belts, why shouldn't cyclists wear helmets?

Cars and seat belts differ from bikes and bicycle helmets in three key ways

The combination of these three factors not only destroys the attempted analogy, it makes it more likely that bicycle helmet laws will cost lives rather than save them.

References

BHRF, 1012

What evidence is there that cycle helmets save lives?. .

BHRF, 1013

What evidence is there that cycle helmets reduce serious injury? . .

BHRF, 1015

The health benefits of cycling. .

Crandall, Olson and Sklar, 2001

Crandall CS, Olson LM, Sklar DP, 2001. Mortality Reduction with Air Bag and Seat Belt Use in Head-on Passenger Car Collisions. American Journal of Epidemiology 2001;153(30:219-224.

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