Integrating lights onto a bicycle helmet seems such a simple idea you wonder why no one has yet launched a product into the market.
Helmet compulsion is a subject that always divides cyclists. Everyone has their own view on whether cycle helmets significantly protect adults against serious head injury.
As you all know, wearing a bicycle helmet is compulsory in Australia when out cycling. There seems little motivation at a national level to remove the stipulation but there is an on-going debate in Australia whether such helmet legislation deters people from cycling in greater numbers.
It appears to be a helmet news day on Going Going Bike today given our earlier piece about Australia. This time news from Switzerland where a government proposal to make children under 14 wear helmets when they cycle has been rejected by a parliamentary transportation committee.
Wearing a helmet while cycling is still an issue of personal choice here in the UK but in Australia there are strict laws at State level that require adults to always wear helmets when cycling.
Last year, we brought you a story about the Hövding airbag collar, a bit of innovative design that sees a fashionable collar deploy into an airbag in the form of a helmet/hood if its in-built sensors detect a potential head impact.
Israel is to repeal its helmet compulsion law after the Knesset, the country’s parliament, decided to abandon a requirement for an adult to wear a cycle helmet within any Israeli city limits.
The topic of helmet compulsion for cyclists is never too far away from the news and this week the issue reared its head again with the publication of a survey on the issue among medics.
Though not as controversial as a wide ranging helmet compulsion law covering adults, Annette Brooke, Lib Dem MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, yesterday presented a Private Members Bill to Parliament that seeks to make it compulsory for those under 14 to wear cycle helmets.