Many bicycling advocates in California, including the California Bicycle Coalition, are opposed to new legislation that would make California the first state requiring adult bicyclists to wear helmets.
Legislators have some reasonable points, such as the fact that 91% of cyclists killed in 2009 were not wearing helmets. The goals is to make cycling safer for cyclists.
“Any responsible bicycle rider should wear a helmet,” Liu, chair of the Senate Education Committee, said in a press release. “This law will help protect more people and make sure all riders benefit from the head protection that a helmet provides.”
However, their seems to be a major point of concern with bicycle advocates. Saftey is not always correlated with protective equipment. The main point is that helmet laws discourage bicycling, and there is safety in number for cyclists.
"The evidence shows that mandatory helmet laws make the streets less safe for people on bicycles -- and for everyone -- by discouraging bicycling." a press release from the group said. "And we know that having more bicyclists and pedestrians on the streetsmakes them safer for everyone."
The group is not anti-helmet, but they are against anything that discourages people from riding their bikes.
What side of this debate are you on? Do you think helmet laws are a good thing, or do you believe that there are safety in numbers and bicycles laws would thin out the number of cyclists?