CX World Cup round 5, Calls for Froome to race Giro: Your Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

November 27, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant win round 5 of the CX World Cup; Van der Poel and Cant win at Flandriencross; Eddy Merckx, Fabio Aru want Chris Froome to ride the Giro d’Italia in 2018; Yoann Offredo fined 700 Euros for April altercation; Carlee Taylor to finish international career with Holden Women’s Racing; Chris Boardman: Compulsory helmet laws won’t make riding safer; BMW keen for elevated cycling paths.

Chris Boardman: Compulsory helmet laws won’t make riding safer

by CyclingTips

With debate about the use of bike helmets becoming increasingly common in the UK, British Cycling’s policy advisor (and former pro) Chris Boardman has written of the dangers of introducing mandatory helmet laws.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

All over the world, countries with the highest use of safety gear are the most dangerous for cyclists. Wherever helmet use has been made compulsory, there has been no corresponding drop in head injury unless there is also a drop in cycling rates.

About 110 people are killed each year while cycling on our roads, almost all of these resulting from a collision with a motor vehicle, where the protection offered by a cycling helmet is negligible.

At this point, we usually hear a cry of ‘If it saves one life it’s worth it’. Well, evidence tells us that where helmets have been made mandatory, cycling use drops significantly (30%-40% in Perth, Western Australia). Well, at least if they’re no longer riding, they’re not dying. Enter unintended consequences.

Follow the link to read more at British Cycling.