Response to Bicycle Network’s Position Paper on Australia’s mandatory helmet laws
The Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) is concerned and alarmed by Bicycle Network’s recommendation to relax mandatory helmet laws in Australia.
“It is well known, and is acknowledged in the position paper, that bicycle helmets are highly effective in reducing head injury.” said Dr Ben Beck, from the AIPN.
Multiple surveys both in Australia and internationally have identified the absence of cycling infrastructure and concerns for safety as the key barriers to increased cycling participation.
Dr Beck said: “To reduce increasing injury rates in cyclists, we to address the true barriers that exist to increased cyclist participation. We need to reduce speed limits, improve cycling infrastructure and remove the potential for interactions with motor vehicles”.
Given the effectiveness of bicycle helmets in reducing head injuries, the Australasian Injury Prevention Network strongly oppose any suggestion to relax mandatory helmet laws.
Prof Rebecca Ivers – firstname.lastname@example.org
President, Australasian Injury Prevention Network
Dr Ben Beck – email@example.com
Australasian Injury Prevention Network