Bike helmets may cause more harm? Really?

Seattle is one of about 50 cities that require cyclists to wear helmets. Credit: Pronto Cycle Share

Seattle is one of about 50 cities that require cyclists to wear helmets. Credit: Pronto Cycle Share

A recent WSJ article article lends credence to a faction of cyclists who suggest that mandatory bike helmet laws do more harm than good. The thought is that it deters people from cycling and leads people to believe that cycling is unsafe because a helmet is required (in cities such as Seattle).

Personally, I think that what deters people from cycling around the city is because it’s not like San Francisco or DC., where neighborhoods are closer to each other and more densely populated. In those places, it’s more convenient to hop on a bike and cycle from the Castro District to the Haight-Ashbury or SoMa district. Here, only the more athletic and seasoned cyclists can navigate the roads and distracted drivers to get from Magnolia to Greenlake.  That’s my two cents. What do you think?

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