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Bicycle helmet laws are “failed public policy” says public health expert

Melissa Sweet May 7, 2010 21 Comments

A previous Croakey post put a strong case that mandatory bicycle helmet laws are having a detrimental effect on public health. Now a leading public health and cycling advocate, Clinical Associate Professor Chris Rissel from the University of Sydney, has weighed in to the debate – suggesting that the laws are “failed public policy”. He […]

Are laws requiring cyclists to wear helmets bad for our health?

Melissa Sweet May 6, 2010 32 Comments

Sue Abbott is a longstanding cycling enthusiast and advocate, a solicitor, a resident of rural NSW, involved in organising medical education, and a blogger. She is concerned that laws requiring us to wear helmet laws are misplaced. She writes: “The large increase in bicycle helmet-wearing rates since Mandatory Helmet Laws (MHLs) were enacted (circa early […]