Copenhagenize Consulting and Bicycle Innovation Lab have gathered a list of experts who have sent an open letter to all the members of the Danish parliament.
The letter is also online here, on the Copenhagenize Consulting website. At the moment it is only in Danish because we're a bit busy fighting this helmet law proposal, but the letter was emailed to all the MPs today.
One of our colleagues who signed the letter is Prof. Lars Bo Andersen from the University of Southern Denmark. He added a letter of his own to the open letter. The pdf of his letter, in Danish, is viewable here.
But we thought it relevant to translate his text;
Recommendation of a No vote on the bicycle helmet law proposal
By Professor Lars Bo Andersen, University of Southern Denmark
I have researched cycling and health over the past two decades and have published more articles and papers about the health benefits of cycling as transport than any other researcher in the world.
Mortality among cyclists is 30% lower than among those in the population who transport themselves through passive transport. Today, such a large percentage of the population cycles that this reduction in mortality results in a significant number of lives saved.
- According to Danmarks Statistik the cycling levels fell 30% between 1980-2000.
- This fall means that the total mortality (within the same age and gender) has risen by 4.8%.
- Roughly 60,000 people die each year in Denmark and the actual reduction in cycling equals 2880 deaths.
- This is in relation to the fact that only 30 cyclists died in traffic in 2011.
If a bicycle helmet law causes a fall in cycling levels, as it is expected to do, it will be cause a great deal of damage in the health of the Danish people.
Lars Bo Andersen
Brilliant. Thanks, Lars. And here's hoping our letter to the MPs is read and digested. The battle continues.
If you're wondering which individual is behind this proposal (and it's always an individual) it's Andreas Steenberg, from the political party Radikale. In email exchanges with him it is clear that he hasn't bothered looking at the science, the risks and the negative effect on public health. He is just as uninformed as Pia Olsen Dyhr from the Socialist People's Party who was bikeslapped here on the blog a couple of years ago.