But some riders are resistant to wearing a helmet. They cite copious reasons: helmets are uncomfortable and inconvenient, that there’s not enough convincing data that helmets improve safety, and that they give a false sense of security. Some simply say that helmets don’t look cool.
Do you wear a helmet every time you ride? What are your reasons why or why not? Would you be in favor of mandatory helmet laws for adults?
- Joseph Rose: Columnist and staff writer for The Oregonian
- Stephanie Noll: Programs director for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance
- Dr. Fred Rivara: Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center