Should bicycle helmets be made mandatory for all cyclist

Should bicycle helmets be made mandatory for all cyclist? In Europe, millions of people ride their bikes every day without helmets. Almost in every sports store, passing through the alleys, people are bombarded with a huge number of different types of helmets for cyclists telling them that „a helmet keeps you safe”. Although it may seems that companies producing helmets for cyclists have only their safety in mind, much of this campaign is commercially motivated to sell as much helmets as possible and therefore to earn more money. Wearing helmets by cyclists make people take more risk, is uncomfortable and deters people from riding bikes.(105)
According to the researchers, wearing a helmet does not eliminate head or face injuries or offer protection to other parts of cyclists’ body. Furthermore helmets protect the skull, but cannot actually prevent all brain injuries. Even when a crash happens, the brain still collides with the inside of the skull. If the collision between the two is severe enough, permanent brain damage can still happen. As with clothing, wearing a helmet can have the same effect on the rider – the cyclist feels more protected, and safer, and is therefore likely to take more and greater risks in traffic than if they were more exposed to danger. Moreover, several previous studies have found motorists perceive a cyclist who is wearing a helmet to be more experienced and therefore more skilled, so they take greater risks around them.(136)
Another aspect of wearing the helmet is their bulky, odd appearance that may be deemed uncomely. Similarly, the uncomfortable feeling of chafing from chin straps and a squished face make wearing the helmet unlikely. It also takes away freedom while driving the bicycle, because the driver cannot feel his or hers hair blowing in the air, it loses that sense of freedom. The helmet confines and make cyclists feel like they were driving in an enclosed vehicle. Additionally, when a new rider wears the helmet for the first time, it distracts him or her and therefore leads to an accident. One reason for it is that the rider’s hearing can be reduced, making it difficult to hear outside noises from cars and other potentially dangerous situations. (126)
In addition to discomfort in wearing the helmet and the danger associated with it, there is still an aspect that needs to be discussed. The message “helmets keep you safe” has been told so many times that most people accept it as a truth. Companies creating helmets create them because cycling is dangerous. Therefore, if cycling is dangerous, people should never ride without a helmet. As numerous studies have shown, cycling safety increases as the number of cyclists on the road increases. As more people ride, bicycling becomes a safer option, so more people ride. And then it becomes even safer, so even more people ride. It is a virtuous circle in which every additional cyclist makes the community safer for cycling.(121)

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