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Published on Sep 4, 2010
With the recent quashing of a cyclist's conviction for not wearing a helmet, the question has been raised - does forcing the entire cycling population to wear a helmet actually reduce injury rates as much as it reduces cycling itself?
In cycling-friendly countries and cities, helmets are optional, and injury rates are far lower per km cycled. In Australia, there is no evidence to show that 20 years of mandatory helmet laws has had any benefit to cyclists, or society as a whole.