No Helmets for Citi Bike?

When I worked as a courier, my boss made bike helmets mandatory. Curiously, the Citi Bike share program does not have such rules. (I can’t get a 32 ounce slurpie, but I can ride ’round on a Citi Bike without a melon bowl?) I can’t believe I’m actually quoting the smarmy Jon Stewart, but here goes nothin’. Ol Jon-boy suggested New Yawk get a: Street Brain Material Removal Service. . . (In a semi-related story, I used to fly with a guy call-sign Helmet. His real name was Richard {surprise} and his wife would get super-po’d if you asked for Helmet when you called his home. Or so I heard. . .)

8 thoughts on “No Helmets for Citi Bike?”

  1. I’m a big believer in wearing helmets while bicycling, but I’m not so big about laws governing my every step.

  2. In my mind at low impact speeds they can be lifesavers; however, this ‘Health & Cycling’ piece taken from the following link is a bit of an eye opener, in as much even the ‘elf & safety’ mob see no requirement for enforcement.,d.d2k

    The health benefits of cycling are substantial. Indeed, cycling regularly is the single most effective thing that a person can do to improve their health and increase longevity. Conversely, however, cycling less – perhaps as a result of being deterred by helmet laws or the exaggerated perceptions of risk generated to promote helmet wearing – results in considerable health loss to both individuals and society. Obesity is a major health problem in western countries, particularly those with helmet laws. Very few people who cycle regularly become obese.

    Using a model to balance the claimed safety benefits through helmet laws against the health costs of decreased cycling, the University of Sydney has suggested that there would be a net disbenefit of USD 5 billion for a USA-wide law, USD 0.4 billion for the UK and USD 1.9 billion for the Netherlands.

    One of the most common forms of brain injury is as a result of strokes, the risk of which is much reduced through cycling. It would take only a small number of people to be deterred from cycling by helmet promotion or laws for there to be a net increase in brain injuries.

    The World Health Organisation has developed a Health Economic Assessment Tool to estimate the economic savings resulting from reductions in mortality as a consequence of regular cycling and/or walking. Applying the tool to UK data suggests that a hypothetical helmet law would cost society between GBP 304 and GBP 415 annually and lead to an additional 253 premature deaths per year.

    According to public health professionals in the UK, the better health from regular cycling is such a powerful benefit that arguments over risk and helmets are simply wasted time.
    Safe though cycling is, the best proven way to improve the safety of cycling further is through the encouragement of more people to cycle. Cycle helmet promotion and laws, on the other hand, discourage cycle use and thereby lead to worse health and safety.

    Yours Aye.

    1. Years ago one of my cute little 7th grade girl students got in a fight in my class room. One of the boys had been pestering her until she exploded – all over him. I looked up from my desk to see her all over him like a wildcat. He got one good lick in which busted her lip, but she pretty much tore him up. I took them both to the office. When her father showed up, he was horrified that his precious little girl had been in a fight, although I explained what a good job she had done and how she would never have to fight again. She was established. The father was still dumbfounded. He was having a difficult time raising his daughter. You see, a few months before this, his wife had gone for a short ride on her bicycle without her helmet. She was just going a short ways, but she clipped an orange highway cone at low speed. It dumped her over and she hit her head on the pavement and had a severe brain injury. Something so simple that could probably have been prevented – made a believer out of me.

      1. Lou, I agree with you, I too am a great believer as I know of a young lad whose life undoubtably was saved by wearing a Giro section helmet such as this one

        I have an identical one, which I hope never has to be used to full effect, Aye.

  3. CP: Helmet was a good dude. Texas guy. . .
    EB: Giros are great helmets. Never had one like that though.
    Lou: Wow, that is a heck of a story.
    Kris: I love to walk. It is (indeed) great.

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