[CR] Times Online: Cyclists with helmets more likely to get knocked off bikes...

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Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 21:00:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Don Wilson" <dcwilson3@yahoo.com>
To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR] Times Online: Cyclists with helmets more likely to get knocked off bikes...

Here's an odd one that I include, because vintage lightweight riders wear helmets, too. The Times of London reports...

"CYCLISTS who wear helmets are more likely to be knocked off their bicycles than those who do not, according to research.

Motorists give helmeted cyclists less leeway than bare-headed riders because they assume that they are more proficient. They give a wider berth to those they think do not look like “proper” cyclists, including women, than to kitted-out “lycra-clad warriors”. "--TimesOnline

Hmmmmm. One way around this would be to wear more subdued attire with a quiter helmet and so avoid being a target...or a dress :-), as the story suggests women fare better than men.

Of course the story fails to note that riders often fall for other reasons that a car hit and so a helmet is still desirable for those situations.

Finally, if I have to get knocked off a bike by a car more often than those without helmets, I'd still rather hit the pavement with my helmet than my bare head.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2353650,00.html

Don Wilson Los Olivos, CA USA

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