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					Are Bicycle Helmet Laws Effective? AmericanCyclist.com Reports
 It is generally accepted that bicycle helmets do lower the risk of serious head injuries and death,
 then why do fewer than half of the states require their use?

Online PR News – 12-March-2012 Generally, when most people think ofcyclist s, they will often also
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picture that ubiquitous cycling accessory, the bike helmet. But in the cycling world, there is some debate of
whether there should be mandatory helmet law s implemented in individual states and for that matter,
throughout the country. AmericanCyclist.com reviewed the data and some of the prevailing opinions on
bicycle helmets and helmet law implementations. The issue comes down to whether or not mandatory
helmet laws are actually effective in decreasing the number of head injuries cyclists get every year.

 The issue comes down to whether or not mandatory helmet laws are actually effective
           in decreasing the number of head injuries cyclists get every year.
It is generally accepted that bicycle helmets do lower the risk of serious head injuries and death. In 1989,
the New England Journal of Medicine published a case-controlled study about the effectiveness of bicycle
safety helmets. Their results are one of the most cited when this issue arises as they conclude that there is
an 85% reduction of head injury and an 88% reduction of brain injury for riders who do wear helmets.

There are still a number of active cyclists who will argue that learning how to ride safely and with heightened
awareness is ultimately more crucial in preventing injuries than wearing a helmet. Really? While there is no
national law requiring cyclists to wear helmets, 21 individual states and multiple localities within them have
had their own helmet laws since 1987. Additionally, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission report s
that helmet laws increase helmet use by 18.4%. But some areas including the city of Portland, have
reported no real effect of their helmet legislation and further, head injuries have even increased as more
riders have been active.

The entire report can be found at AmericanCyclist.com.

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