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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

So it's all very complicated then!

As a sociologist I am sure you will understand that I am attracted to complicated explanations that end inconclusively and dispense with the idea that more data will solve the puzzle. As a cyclist (rather than a public health official or legislator) I am left with the rather more simple question of whether I should continue to wear a helmet.

The answer seems to be yes as long as I don’t let it make me feel invulnerable. Apart from the fact that the helmet might attract a few drivers to whizz past a bit closer, they seem to offer some protection and, in my case, wearing one doesn’t put me off cycling. Thanks, Ben and David!

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 June 2013
Clive Seale
Brunel University
Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH