In Australia the debate about whether helmets should be compulsory has resurfaced again. Recent reserach conducted by Sydney University has found that the compulsory helmet legislation is drastically reducing the amount of people willing to cycle. The research states:
Mandatory helmet legislation has perpetuated the negative image of cycling as an inherently dangerous activity that requires protection, regardless of actual risks… But injury statistics from the public bicycle share schemes around the world (where helmets are not required) show the risk of injury is low. In the first three months of the London scheme, share bikes were used more than six million times and the injury rate was a low 0.0023%.
While I personally have a pro-choice opinion when it comes to helmets there is no doubt they can saves lives. My mum always reminds me of the time when my sister was about 7, was speeding along, got the death wobbles and crashed in the cement wall of an underpass. Without a helmet on she would most likely have had brain damage. This is why Monica and I think the invisible airbag bicycle helmet, Hövding is amazing. We can always rely on the Swedes to come up with the goods.
Hövding allows bicyclists to protect their heads on the road, without sacrificing style in the process. Hövding is a collar for bicyclists, worn around the neck, that blends in with the rest of your clothes. The collar contains a folded up airbag that you’ll only see if you happen to have an accident. The airbag is shaped like a hood, surrounding and protecting the bicyclist’s head. The trigger mechanism is controlled by sensors which pick up the abnormal movements of a bicyclist in an accident. Hövding has two parts: a collar and a shell. You get to pick the shell design of your choice.
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