The case against compulsory helmets

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Surely helmets must be a good idea? That's the first reaction from most people when they hear CTC's policy against compulsory helmet use. So what's the case for CTC's position?
Unhelmeted cycling is the norm in the Netherlands, even for children
Unhelmeted cycling is the norm in the Netherlands, even for children

Cycling is safer in places where cycling levels are higher

Evidence from Britain and elsewhere shows that cyclists really do benefit from 'safety in numbers'.  A doubling in cycle use was found to be associated with only a

By contrast, helmet wearing rates are, if anything, inversely related to cyclists' safety. In countries where cycle use is highest - such as the Netherlands and Denmark - cycle helmet use tends to be much lower than in countries with a higher risk of cycling, such as Britain and the US.

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