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No strong evidence bicycle helmet legislation deters cycling

Jake Olivier, Soufiane Boufous and Raphael H Grzebieta
Med J Aust 2016; 205 (2): 54-55. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00193

A focus on helmet legislation detracts from concerns about cycling infrastructure and safety

Opponents of helmet legislation often argue that mandatory bicycle helmet legislation (MHL) is the primary impediment to an increase in cycling.1 The public debate regarding MHL recently flared up with the Leyonhjelm Senate inquiry2 and the Australian Capital Territory proposing a relaxation of their MHL in low speed areas.3 As there are numerous health and social benefits to cycling, such arguments need to be evaluated with rigour against the highest quality evidence available.

  • Jake Olivier
  • Soufiane Boufous
  • Raphael H Grzebieta

  • All the authors are from University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

Correspondence: j.olivier@unsw.edu.au

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