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Helmets not in Top 10 of things to keep cycling safe - Boardman

British Cycling's policy advisor and champion cyclist Chris Boardman says it’s time for the cycling community to put the debate about mandatory cycle helmets to bed and get across the message that helmet use is one of the least important cycling safety measures. Even talking about making helmets mandatory “massively puts people off” cycling, Boardman said, and likened the culture of helmet use among keen cyclists to people wearing body armour because they have got used to being shot at.

Chris Boardman spoke at the London Bike Show where he described cycle helmets as a 'massive red herring' in cycling safety. He noted that where you have highest helmet use, you also have the highest rates of head injury. The focus on helmets make cycling seem more dangerous than it really is.

According to Boardman, there’s an almost-fanatical, knee-jerk devotion to helmet use among enthusiast and sporting cyclists."We've gone away from the facts, we've gone to anecdotes."

Thu 20 Feb 2014

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