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Israeli helmet law cut back

On August 4 the Israeli Knesset passed the third and final reading of a bill that removes the requirement for adult cyclists in Israel to wear a cycle helmet in urban areas.

The Bill's proponents said that the reason for the law change was to encourage more people to cycle. Research had shown that the requirement to wear a helmet deters people from cycling. A cycle hire scheme in Tel Aviv has had difficulty getting started because of the deterrent effect of the helmet law.

Israel follows Mexico City in repealing a helmet law in order to combat its repressive effect on the number of people willing to cycle.

Thu 4 Aug 2011

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