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Benefit of cycle helmet laws to reduce head injuries still uncertain

CyclistThe benefit of helmet legislation to reduce admissions to hospital for head injuries is “substantially uncertain,” concludes a study published on bmj.com.

The authors say that, while helmets reduce head injuries and their use should be encouraged, in the context of existing safety campaigns, the impact of legislation seems to be minimal.

Cyclists are vulnerable road users and head injuries among cyclists account for 75% of cycling related deaths.

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Calls for new initiative on cycling safety

Two separate road accidents involving Bradley Wiggins and the Tour de France winner’s mentor Shane Sutton have prompted British Cycling to call for a new Government-led safety drive.

A British Cycling spokeswoman said: ‘It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery.

‘Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads.

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Bradley’s success sparks wave of cycling participation but at what cost?

The success of British riders in the Tour de France and Olympic Games has already inspired increasing numbers of their compatriots to get on their bikes.

Bradley Wiggins followed up his groundbreaking Tour de France victory by winning Olympic gold in the Men’s Individual Time trial and British riders are also looking to repeat their haul of gold medals in Beijing four years ago.

British Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the UK, has reported a surge in interest in cycling and says the industry is now worth around £3.25 billion to the country’s economy.

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Bike sales get into gear

As Britain gears up for a summer of sport and cycling champions get set to inspire the nation to take to their bikes, latest research from Mintel projects sales of bikes to reach an all time high – with the market set to grow by a further 8% on 2011 to reach £700 million in 2012.

Indeed, the wheels are in motion for a boom time for the cycling industry as sales of bikes are set to gain momentum over the next five years. The market is forecast to increase an impressive 23% reaching £800 million by 2016.

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Should Cycle Helmet Laws only apply to children?

In many countries it is a legal requirement for cyclists to wear bicycle helmets but the UK is currently not one of these.

An increasing number of interest groups, including the British Medical Association, want to change this, arguing that mandatory cycle helmet laws will reduce the incidence of head injuries.

They argue that this will be both good for cyclists (because they will suffer fewer head injuries) and good for society (because the burden of having to treat cyclists suffering from head injuries will be reduced).

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