Posts Tagged ‘bike riding’

Bike Helmets: Safety or Fear-Mongering?

November 30, 2012

Bike Helmets: Safety or Fear-Mongering?

All the smart people have been saying that campaigns promoting bicycle helmets are so much fear-mongering, that both the dangers of bike riding and the protective value of helmets are exaggerated.

One Arlington rider might disagree. A dump truck knocked him down and rolled over his head. He was wearing a helmet and thinks it saved his life.



Bike Helmets Optional

October 13, 2012

Bike Helmets Optional

“In the United States the notion that bike helmets promote health and safety by preventing head injuries is taken as pretty near God’s truth. Un-helmeted cyclists are regarded as irresponsible, like people who smoke. Cities are aggressive in helmet promotion.”

“Yes, there are studies that show that if you fall off a bicycle at a certain speed and hit your head, a helmet can reduce your risk of serious head injury. But such falls off bikes are rare — exceedingly so in mature urban cycling systems.


Bike to Work Day in DC

May 20, 2011

Bike to Work Day in DC

May 20, 2011 is Bike to Work Day in the Nation’s Capital.

“Bike To Work Day demonstrates the many transportation benefits of bicycling,” US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, The Fast Lane blog.

Image (“Bike 2 Work in DC, after Abel Brunyer”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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