Posted November 21, 2018 11:27:48The National Bike Helmet Association has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of helmets and its recommendations for cyclists.
Key points:The National Bicycle Helmet Association says helmets should be worn for every rideThe organisation says cyclists should be encouraged to wear helmets when riding as much as possibleIt says helmets are a “life-saving” deviceThe association says helmets, which cost between $20 and $30, should be fitted when cycling, when on a bike and when taking part in a sport.
“We’re calling on everyone to wear their helmets at all times,” said the association’s head of campaigns, David Smith.
“When they’re out on a cycle or at the track they should be wearing helmets to protect themselves and those around them.”
The association is a non-profit, nonpartisan organisation, whose members include bike industry and government officials, the sports industry, the cycling community and the general public.
The helmet movement started in the US and in Europe in the late 1990s when bicycle helmets were first introduced.
It was spurred on by the deaths of more than 2,100 cyclists and pedestrians in the last five years in the United States and Canada, as well as in Australia.
“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the use of helmets over the last 10 years and we believe that the increased use of these products has helped to reduce injuries,” Mr Smith said.
“While there’s still much work to be done to ensure helmets are safe for all cyclists, we believe we can make a difference and make helmets safer for everyone.”
He said the helmet lobby was “still working to make helmet use safer”.
“As a result of the rise in helmet use, the number of cyclists killed and seriously injured in collisions with cars and trucks has risen from 4.4 per cent of all road traffic fatalities in 2016 to 11.9 per cent in 2017,” Mr Johnson said.
He said helmet use had risen “despite the fact that the majority of cyclists wear helmets”.
“In fact, while helmet use increased in 2016, it was still a relatively low rate of use, and it only accounted for about 10 per cent to 15 per cent,” Mr Miller said.
He said while the industry had seen a “sharp increase in sales” in recent years, it could be a “short-term trend”.
“The helmet industry’s sales in 2017 were still lower than in 2016 but the number is growing faster than the industry’s overall sales,” Mr Brown said.
It’s an issue that will likely have a long-term impact on helmet use.
“The industry will see that helmet use will continue to increase, and so the helmet industry is working hard to ensure that they’re not seen as a barrier to cycling,” Mr Bell said.
“As such, we’ll be watching to see how well helmet use is associated with reduced crashes.”
The National Cycling Campaign is encouraging cyclists to wear helmet during every ride, including on the bike and in a race.
The organisation said the “safest” place to ride was on a bicycle with the least amount of “risk”.
“While cycling is safer on a motorised cycle than on foot, it’s important to remember that motorised cycles require more power, so if you’re not using them, you’ll be using them less,” Mr Williams said.
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