Wearing a bicycle helmet is a precaution that many choose to ignore when going for a bike ride. Safety laws and regulations vary according to country, but the UK has not made any law regulating bicycle helmet safety. Despite the lack of current regulation, lobbyists and politicians are campaigning to have bicycle safety regulations implemented for the health and safety of the UK citizens. Evidence suggests that there are drastically different predictions on the implementation of these laws and the consequences that will result.
The reason for the negative perception towards helmet laws in the UK is supported by staggering statistics. Bicycle helmets claim to prevent head injuries, but results have shown that as helmet use has increased, so has head injuries. There are no proven reasons for the surprise that helmet increase has correlated directly with increased injuries, but individuals claim a variety of explanations:
The UK’s national cyclist’s organization claims that, “The more cyclists there are, the safer cycling becomes". If UK laws compel cyclists to wear a helmet, than it is predicted that the cycling levels will fall, meaning that conditions will become more dangerous. There are a number of reasons why increasing the number of cyclists will increase safety.
Although there are currently no laws regulating helmet wearing in the UK, it is safe to assume that the debate for future laws will continue.