Frequent question: Do I really need a bike helmet?

Can I cycle without a helmet?

Do I have to wear a helmet when I cycle? There’s no law which compels cyclists of any age to wear a helmet. However, it’s obviously dangerous to cycle without one, and the Highway Code suggests all cyclists wear a safe and well-fitting helmet regardless of what the laws says.

Do adults have to wear bike helmets?

Bike helmets protect riders of all ages. It is the law in Alberta that anyone younger than 18 years must wear a helmet. Make sure everyone in the family wears a helmet that meets approved helmet safety standards. … Always wear a helmet that is right for the activity.

What percentage of cyclists wear helmets?

Approximately 38 percent of adults who ride bicycles wear a helmet regularly, and 69 percent of children under the age of 16 do so as well. The percentage of bike helmet owners rose in the years between 1991 and 1999, moving from 27 percent to 60 percent.

Do helmets actually help?

Helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries caused by motorcycle accidents. … However, research shows that helmets can significantly reduce the severity of injuries sustained from head trauma.

Is It UK law to wear a cycle helmet?

It is not a legal requirement to wear a cycling helmet in the UK, but the Highway Code suggests that cyclists should wear one. You will also find that most organised cycle events, including cycle club rides, will insist on you wearing a helmet. Most cycle facilities such as bike parks will also insist on a helmet.

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What happens if you fall off your bike without a helmet?

Bike accidents without helmets are far more likely to result in death or brain trauma than ones where the cyclist’s head was properly protected. In 2014, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 60% of deaths in bicycle crashes were people who were NOT wearing a helmet.