Bicycle helmet promotion in The Netherlands

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Bicycle helmet promotion in The Netherlands

Postby davidhembrow » Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:59 am

The Netherlands has achieved the safest conditions for cycling in the world by making the environment safe. This is in contrast to other nations which have ignored the importance of the environment and legislated or promoted helmets in an attempt to improve the safety of children. None of those attempts has succeeded and many of them have resulted in fewer people cycling.

Nevertheless, some Dutch "experts" also promote helmets, taking their cue from countries where almost no children cycle. Dutch cyclists are already safe and there is nothing to gain from promoting helmets here

This is particularly a problem in Zeeland in the South West of the country. We covered this on the blog back in 2010 but sadly they're still at it this year. Nothing good will come from this. Quite apart from the well documented decline in cycling in countries like Australia where helmets were made compulsory, the twenty year decline in Denmark has correlated with their helmet promotion.
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Postby rmkeatinge » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:50 am

This issue poses an entirely different strategic problem. To get good infrastructure, we need to get the public and politicians interested in providing subjective and real safety, i.e. make a noise. To help them to see cycling as not requiring special gear, we need to avoid drawing attention to subjective danger in general and to helmets in particular, i.e. keep quiet.

Two points may help if the subject does come up: helmets don't have any provable useful effect, and they demonstrably do put people off cycling. They have also hanged a few children.
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