mjr wrote:It depends where you live and what style of riding you do, but national stats suggest helmeteers are a minority.
I've see this before and don't dispute it, but here in Glasgow they are in the large majority. While that may not be so surprising for those who ride in traffic, I even see it on off-road paths. I once joined a small group on an afternoon ride along the canal, aimed at inexperienced riders and was all off road. Everyone apart from myself had driven
to the starting point, yet they all wore helmets, including the organisers.
There was no pressure on me to wear a helmet, and only one of the riders commented on it (and I told him why I didn't). I think these sort of riders just automatically assume that bikes and helmets go together - it's obvious, innit? They see it everywhere and of course the bike shops push them.
Though I suppose a slow potter along an towpath is one time when a helmet might actually be useful - I've seen a few falls by novice cyclists, though no-one hit their head. At the end of the group ride above, one person fell off while dismounting. They didn't hit their head, but sprained their ankle