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Cycling, Road safety, All of UK, Australasia

Australia shows the problems with making cycle helmets mandatory

By Colin Clarke, York

As a researcher on cycle helmets, I produced a detailed assessment of the mandatory helmet laws in Australia for Civil Liberties Australia. The assessment was based on seven main areas: level of cycling activity; fatalities; injuries; health; environment; accident compensation; and law enforcement. The outcome was negative on six counts; therefore, helmet laws are not justified.

One of the problems connected to helmet laws is bicycle hire schemes. A new cycle hire scheme is due to be introduced...

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