09 March 2009

Sticking to the Science

Cykelhjelm .org
A sticker in favour of science, rational thought and common sense. These stickers for my website Cykelhjelm.org are available on our little online shop and I can see that a number of them have been sold. It was quite lovely to discover one of them on a light post next to a bike lane here in Copenhagen. Somebody apparently feels the need to rebel against this current spate of bike helmet rhetoric/propaganda here in Denmark. I'll buy them a beer if we ever happen to meet. If you're in the market for Danish helmet sceptic merchandise... which you're... um... probably not... have a looksie here. It's all cost price meaning I don't make money off of it.

On the same token I was pleased to have discovered BicycleSafe.com, thanks to a link from a reader. It is quite US oriented but quite brilliant for it's common sense. Educating people to ride properly is the key to bicycle safety. Whether on the 'every man for himself' roads of America or the separated bicycle infrastructure in Copenhagen.

I particularly enjoyed the page on bicycle helmets. No surprise there, really.


Adrienne Johnson said...

Oh but, Mikael! If I learn how to ride my bike well, then,.... I have to take responsibility for myself! I would much rather believe that the Universe will take care of me if I just show the proper respect and cover my head! ; )

Thanks for the links!!!

Mikael said...

haha... boy, if there was ever a bottle of red wine on a table between us two, it would be a hoot.

elder.flower said...

Anyone interested in the helmet or no helmet debate should read the research done by Dr Ian Walker at Bath University, UK. His findings might surprise you and back up my own experience of 14 years as a non-helmet wearing cyclist in the cycling capital of the UK, Cambridge.
That is to say, motorists are more careful with cyclists who are not wearing helmets. I urge you to check it out.

Adrienne Johnson said...

@Mikael- a bottle of wine and a wobbly ride home in which I fall off my bike ass first into a snow drift! ;)

Bob said...

oh, Adrienne, be responsible for my own actions?? i live in America (vancouver/portland) land of free.. wear a helmet.. not me.. i'm a rebel.. if i fall of my bike and hurt my head who can i sue?? anyway.. thanks for the links so i can send them to my law abiding friends.. besides when we are out riding from pub to pub a helmet is just one more thing to keep track of.. who needs it??