Lose the Helmet?

The BBC yesterday reported on an interesting study done in the UK about how motorists interact with bicyclists. Specifically, how close the cars travel to the bicycles given different contexts.

Surprisingly, it appears that cars will reduce their margin for error (i.e., drive closer) if they see the rider has a helmet on. Whodathunkit? The tests also suggest that motorists give female bicyclists more room on the road than men.

I’m a proponent of motorcycle helmets. I always wear mine, and I live and ride in a state that requires a motorcycle helmet. But I can’t help wonder what the results of tests like this might be like in helmet-optional geographies.



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