BlueRider wrote:I asked this before but got no answer, I take it in a cycling accident involving head injury, you would rather not be wearing a helmet?
Yes, even then I'd rather not be wearing a helmet because it would mean that I had needlessly increased my risk of being in a cycling accident and if it's a head injury that matters (rather than the sort of scrape my woolly hat will also protect against), it was probably due to colliding with another vehicle, which cycle helmets are neither designed for nor tested against, so wearing one probably has not helped.
I feel confident that the risk increases somehow because of the non-correlation between casualty rates and usage rates, and personally, I crashed far more often in my 15 years of helmetted cycling (roughly 1996 to 2011 I think) than the years either side of it. I'm supposed to know about risk compensation (trained as a statistician) so either it still affects me despite that knowledge (so there's little hope for anyone) or there's something else odd about those hats!
Now, how about you answer some of the questions asked of you, such as:
1. If you crash and are going to hit the ground with the first/hardest impact on part of your body almost at random, would you personally rather make your head a bigger/heavier target or not?
2. Do you wear your helmet in your car, when jogging or walking? Stairs and baths are known to cause head injuries too. Do you wear a helmet indoors?
3. Do you think that cycle helmets have convinced non-cyclists that they can make cycling in Britain safe? (you literally deflected from this one by objecting to the wording...)
4. Do/would you wear a helmet in the pub? When walking home from the pub?