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I wouldn't pass more closely to a cyclist wearing a helmet, than one not wearing one.

If you were the only driver on the road, that would mean something. However, you are not, and it has, apparently, been found that people, as a rule, give more room to casual cyclists and ones that look like they don't know what they are doing than for cyclists who are dressed properly and with a helmet and who look like they are experienced.

This is just one of many articles I have found on the Net which suggest you are more likely to have a head injury if you don't wear a helmet. Surely at this time of crisis an the NHS is overstretched, it is sensible to wear one to protect yourself?  Besides which, logic suggests that if you fall off your bike and bash your head you are more likely to sustain a worse injury to it if you are not wearing head protection.

You have to be really careful with studies like that because the sample is biased. It's only looking at people who had a serious enough head injury to be admitted to hospital and not at people whose head injuries were so serious they didn't make it to hospital. It's also not looking at other injuries.

So let's say you look at 100 hospital admissions and you see 22 cases where the cyclist was wearing a helmet and 78 cases where the cyclist was not. You also note that 29% of all cyclists wear helmets, which is a higher proportion than the number admitted to hospital, so you conclude that wearing a cycle helmet is safer than not.

What if you then go to the mortuary and find another 50 helmet wearing riders whose necks had been instantly snapped in the accident because they had been wearing a helmet. Then you go to the other hospital ward and discover another 50 helmet wearing cyclists with broken backs because they had taken a risk that led to an accident, but they wouldn't have taken that risk in the first place if they hadn't been wearing a helmet.

It's called survivorship bias, and it works both ways. There's a famous example from WW1: after the British introduced steel helmets for the soldiers in the trenches, the field hospitals saw an increase in head injuries. This seems counter intuitive, but the reason is simple: the extra head injuries were from soldiers who would have been dead had they not been wearing a helmet.

You need a lot more information than was presented in your study before you can start drawing conclusions about the efficacy of helmets.
Literature, Music, Art & Entertainment / Re: A-Z of people's names
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Literature, Music, Art & Entertainment / Re: A-Z Around the world
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Bikes are not allowed on ordinary pavements - it does not stop their riders doing so, up until a few days ago these eScooters were entirely illegal, but they were used openly and apparently without any action being taken against them.

OK, so nothing has changed according to your argument. Quit whining.

The legalisation seems to be cop-out in order to remove any complaints that the riders were not being prosecuted for using them!

eScooters represent a clean convenient form of urban transport. Why would you ban them?
I really cannot see what your beef is - unless, of course, you use one of the damn things!
Would you ban the use of bicycles too?
Christian Topic / Re: Using the Bible as an excuse for bigotry
« Last post by Littleroses on Today at 01:35:44 PM »
It's not really as simple as insisting on equal access to services. The case of a baker in the US who declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding "is one of several cases around the country in which bakers, florists, photographers, calligraphers and others have said they donít want to participate in same-sex nuptials because of religious convictions."

Religious convictions of that sort are sick and should be disregarded.
And the young - even holding Mum or Dad's they can still take a clip from a scooter rider.
Or a cyclist or a car driver or a skateboarder or somebody just out for a run.
I suppose a concern is (for me at least) that it doesn't stop some cyclists riding on pavements without any repercussions as far as I can see.
But that's not relevant to a law making eScooters legal.

So why would escooters be any different?

I appreciate that is a matter of enforcement
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