To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets (New York Times)

The New York Times recently published an excellent article contrasting the safety benefits of bicycle helmet use and the indirect barrier that helmets pose to widespread biking.  We've included a paragraph from the article below.  See the original article at the New York Times.

On the other hand, many researchers say, if you force or pressure people to wear helmets, you discourage them from riding bicycles. That means more obesity, heart disease and diabetes. And — Catch-22 — a result is fewer ordinary cyclists on the road, which makes it harder to develop a safe bicycling network. The safest biking cities are places like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, where middle-aged commuters are mainstay riders and the fraction of adults in helmets is minuscule.