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NZ law halved cycling and led to premature deaths

According to new research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, New Zealand's 1994 cycle helmet law resulted in a 51 per cent drop in the average hours cycled and by 2003-7 cyclists had a 20 per cent higher crash rate compared with pre law. Comparing the ratio of cyclist to pedestrian injuries from 1988-91 to 2003-07 showed that cyclists' injuries more than doubled compared with pedestrians.

Moreover, by using the World Health Organisation HEAT tool that quantifies the health benefits of cycling and walking, the author concludes that around 53 additional premature deaths have occurred per year as a result of the cycling that has been deterred by helmet legislation.

Fri 10 Feb 2012

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