Get this: Cycle safety in a spin as study warns hi-vis gear may increase injury risk

The safety case for making helmets compulsory is, however, hotly contested. In 2014 Henry Marsh, another leading neurosurgeon, said many of his patients who had been involved in bike accidents had been wearing helmets that were “too flimsy” to be beneficial.

“As far as I know, the countries where helmets are compulsory — Australia, New Zealand and [parts of] Canada — have not reported any significant change in bicycle injuries since helmets became compulsory,” he said.

In fact, “Where cycle helmets have been made compulsory the number of people cycling has fallen, with associated huge costs to public health,” said Will Norman, the walking and cycling commissioner for London.

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