1.04.2008

helmets

According to the results of a study completed recently in Austin, TX, cyclists who wear helmets are 65 to 88 percent less likely to suffer head injuries in accidents. Duh.

2 comments:

Erica said...

They're also 82% less likely to get bats stuck in their hair.

Fritz said...

Logan, are you aware of the anti-bike politics behind that study in Austin? If not, see the Austin League of Bicycle Voters information on the attempted anti-cycling laws there.

In similar studies with dramatic "88%" numbers like this, even bloody noses or scratched chins were counted as head injuries, so I'd like to see the actual text of the study. Head injury rates among cyclists between the 70s bike boon (when helmets were not widely used) and today (when helmets are widely used) are not significantly different.