Every City is a Helmet City for Public Bike Share!

Helmet law or not all public bike share systems should offer the choice of a helmet.

“This is not an endorsement for any jurisdiction adopting an ordinance making it mandatory for cyclists to wear helmets, but an incident last weekend in Arlington should remind bikers that shielding their noggins should be a constant habit, not a sometimes thing.

ARLnow reports a cyclist out for a ride on Sunday afternoon was taken to an area hospital after being struck by a runaway dump truck which proceeded to knock him over and run over his head. Seriously:

The man was knocked to the ground and one of the truck’s tires ran over his head, said Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The man was wearing a helmet at the time and the helmet likely saved his life. He was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital’s trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries, Sternbeck said.

Seriously, helmet laws are pointless governmental busywork and don’t prevent bike crashes or injuries, but helmets are very important cycling accessories that can do amazing things, like PROTECT YOUR HEAD FROM BEING CRUSHED BY A RENEGADE DUMP TRUCK.”



2 comments on “Every City is a Helmet City for Public Bike Share!

  1. Please keep a few things in mind here… The typical bike helmet, first of all, won’t survive being accidentally stepped on. They’re made of brittle styrofoam, with a paper-thin sheet of plastic covering. So do you really think a bike helmet could save your head if a truck runs over it? Heck no.

    Second, helmets are unnecessary for bike share programs. In Denver we have had a bike share program for several years, and more than a hundred thousand trips have been taken using these bikes. The number of reported accidents so far — ZERO. Not only have there been no head injuries, there have been no reported accidents at all.

    That’s right. So if all these people were wearing helmets when using Denver’s bikeshare program it would have had exactly zero positive effect. You’re just adding unnecessary cost and hassle and inviting everyone to misunderstand the overall safety of bicycling.

    Bike share programs don’t need helmets. At all.

    • Hey Robert,

      I think your comments are very valid. However, the article was pulled from an actual incident in Arlington so the helmet did save the persons life. There are actually quite a few stories that have the same point that a helmet saved a persons life.

      I am note promoting helmet laws or the use of a helmet on bicycles, but rather a choice to have a helmet or not.

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