xjs wrote:Yeah, I've noticed it amongst commuters in London. Most people on the hire bikes are not helmeted, and there do seem to be more of the "usual" commuters sans casque. At a traffic light yesterday evening, four or five out of twenty or so riders had no helmet on.
Yea commonsense prevailing.
My own belief is that the majority of people are led by fashions and similar mass-thinks hooted about by the mass media. Of late there have been a number of articles in the cycling press, as well as the more widely-read media, questioning the assumed (and it is assumed, not proven) increase in safety obtained via helmet wearing. Here are two examples:http://www.cyclist.co.uk/in-depth/1365/ ... newsletterhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/artic ... z4zZZfpwZs
(Yes! Even in The Hate Mail!!).
In my club there are those who have been cyclists for decades and are therefore well-able to judge from their everyday experiences how useful a helmet is to safety, since they went about safely on their bikes for 30 years before there were helmets available. But they ignore this experience and follow the fashion. Everyone except me and one other wear a helmet. (They also have every gizmo going although only one or two actually seem to use the reams of data generated for anything). They follow a fashion, even if they feel a need to rationalise it with made-up-stuff about how someone they know had his life saved by a helmet.
But perhaps I am becoming over-cynical.