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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

Imposing helmet-wearing stops people cycling

International evidence also shows that making cyclists wear helmets leads to reduced cycle use - particularly among teenagers - thereby undermining efforts to maximise its health and other benefits.

Following laws implemented and enforced in Australia in the early 1990s, cycle levels fell by over a third.

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