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Bicycle helmets and the law

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 12 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3817

Re: Bicycle helmets and the law

Some studies suggest that bike helmets are counter productive. By making people think that cycling is dangerous, they discourage cycling, whereas the health benefits of cycling far outway the dangers. And helmets might protect someone should they fall on the crown of their head at slow speeds, but won't offer any protection against other, far more common, damage. And certainly not in a collision with a car or lorry.

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 June 2013
Martin D Cleaver
Bilderdijkstraat 51052 NA Amsterdam