Hi – bit of shameless self-promoting but just uploaded a special report on cycling safety
Some of the points covered are unsurprising – cycling when drunk is never a good idea and people involved in collisions with HGVs don’t usually have a good prognosis.
Some of the points are surprisingly counter-intuitive – evidence shows that more aggressive cyclists are actually less likely to be involved in a HGV collision.
But the one point I could not find any sort of consensus on is cycling helmets and whether they actually reduce accidents in a real world setting. A researcher for the DOT told me that he looked at the issue for years, it was the most complex thing he had ever studied and he had still not come to any conclusion.
And none of the main cycling organisations has a firm policy on whether they should be used
A good overview of the contrasting views can be found in the following BMJ editorial
Was interested in other views and is there any evidence out there that we need to consider?
(NHS Choices News Editor)