Hot on the tail of more helmet discussion, I was talking with my mom about costume ideas for Halloween (trying to think of something that involves a bike…) when she said “I heard a report on NPR about how helmet laws discourage cycling.” I was very excited to hear the the word was spreading even to Midwestern American hairdressers in their 60’s!
A quick search led me to “Q with Jian Ghomeshi”, a CBC radio programme. This week’s debate is “Do bike helmet laws discourage cycling?”.
According to my mom, “They didn’t come up with any final decisions, but it was an interesting discussion”. The debate describes successes with Europe’s bike-sharing schemes in countries without mandatory helmet laws, and even mentions how helmet laws in NZ and Australia mean that cycling is less pervasive here.