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The Latest Evidence That Helmet Laws Don't Help Bike Safety

Public health might be better off if cities focused on building better bike lanes instead.
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It goes against all common sense, even as it’s become increasingly clear to anyone swayed by the science: bike helmet laws don’t seem to improve rider safety.

The latest evidence comes via a new study, published in BMJ Open, conducted by a group of Canada-based public health scholars. Kay Teschke of the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, and collaborators gathered Canadian data on bicycle use, cycle-related hospitalization, and a number of other variables including helmet legislation in 11 jurisdictions between 2006 and 2011. Some areas had helmet laws over this period, while others did not.