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Wearing a cycle helmet may seriously damage your health

Dr Ian Walker, a traffic psychologist, has conducted research which shows that drivers pass closer to cyclists wearing helmets than to those without. Dr Walker was hit twice during the study, in both cases when wearing a helmet. He thinks that drivers may believe that helmeted cyclists are more experienced and are thereforr more predictable.

On the question of whether you should wear a helmet, Walker says:

"We know helmets are useful in low-speed falls, and so definitely good for children, but whether they offer any real protection to somebody struck by a car is very controversial."

"Either way, this study suggests wearing a helmet might make a collision more likely in the first place."

You can read about Dr Walker's research here. And there is also a pdf of his findings here.


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