Helmets Providing Safety by Preventing Biking
It’s not surprising that countries with no helmet laws see much higher numbers in bikers. People tend to feel more criticized about their helmet hair and as a result many people choose to drive when they can easily bike to work. Wearing a helmet, for whatever reason, makes people feel alienated, like they are the ones doing something wrong. The answer to biker safety isn’t solved by foam-wrapping the biker, it’s solved by well built bike paths.
Bike paths allow the biker to be a safe distance from cars and allow bikers to easily cross cities. This doesn’t mean having a slightly larger shoulder on the road with the picture of a stick figure riding a bike. In the image below you can clearly see the path separation, on the left is a sidewalk for people walking, then a bike lane, parking for bikes and cars, then the actual street. By putting this much buffer between the cyclists and cars provides an amount of safety that a helmet alone couldn’t offer.
People with helmets also tend to ride more recklessly on roads. This is especially dangerous because the only protective gear they are wearing is a foam helmet. They think that it will help them in case of an accident, but the way they are riding is more likely to cause an accident an the helmet still only protects the top half of their head. The riskier the cyclists ride, the higher their chances of getting into an accident.