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    I think for adults optional
    Children mandatory

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    I believe there is a huge difference between wearing seatbelts in cars and wearing a bike helmet.
    And what difference would that be?

    Looking at the statistics, they both decrease the risk of injuries or fatalities by a fair amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misho View Post
    It's a funny one. Having recently returned from Europe and it's noticeable how many people ride in comparison to here. Their streets seem narrower and traffic volumes on inner city areas seem similar (correct me if I'm wrong), but they don't wear helmets.

    I'd love to see statistics on how many associated head injuries and fatalities certain cities do have in comparison to ours.

    I think it more of a car/driving/hoon culture that wrecks it for us and hence we do require them. My perception is that overseas no one would be bothered to get 'in the way' of a bike rider purposely, where as here, some I.di0t would always think that it would be cool to drive a bit too close or just generally distract bike users that share the road.
    http://www.bhsi.org/stats.htm

    This website has lots of statistics, including comparisons between countries.

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    Mandatory for sure. When I was in high school one of our teachers was hit by a car while riding his bike. He only survived because of his helmet. He actually brought it in to show us after the accident and it was frightening to think that could have been his head. We don't blink an eye at wearing a seatbelt and helmets offer the same protection and more IMO.

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    Mandatory under 18. Mandatory whilst on the road. Optional on bike paths for those over 18. I loathe riding with a helmet but I'm only ever on cycle paths towing a child behind.

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    Mandatory - I'm all for natural selection for those who don't wear one.
    The more protection gear, the better.

    My kids race bikes for sport and a full face helmet is necessary - even with its safety features, my DS had a crash this year that resulted in a bad concussion and a binned $150 helmet.
    His accident, without a helmet, would have been fatal.

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    Absolutely should be mandatory

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    Mandatory - the issue for me is that the costs of catastrophic/life long head injury to the govt and tax payers. If helmet use can reduce those costs by even 25% it's a worthwhile enforcement. I think I read somewhere that the severity of injury had been massively reduced since the mandatory helmet legislation.
    A collegue of mine wouldn't be here today but for his helmet, he was cleaned up by an old man in his car and his helmet was split in two...

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    It's like asking if seat belts should be compulsory. Hell to the yes.

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    Mandatory for sure...for all ages, everywhere. You can still hit your head falling off on a cycle track.
    As for big, bulky helmets...there are alternatives. My helmet weighs 310gms. It's designed for the city rider...lightweight, lots of ventilation, and a magnetic clasp, which means I can clip it on and off with one hand. Why would I not protect my brain?

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