Cycle helmets 2

Meeting: 
MQT on 2010-10-13
Session date: 
October 13, 2010
Reference: 
2010/3249
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Highway Code states that cyclists should wear helmets, however the information given to users of the London Cycle Hire scheme suggests cyclists 'may wish to consider' wearing helmets. Could the Mayor explain why the information given to users of the London Cycle Hire scheme does not comply with the Highway Code?

Answer

Answer for Cycle helmets 2

Answer for Cycle helmets 2

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response provided on 19 October 2010:

Although helmet use is not a legal requirement in the UK, TfL does encourage people to consider wearing them. Many studies have been carried out to look into the effectiveness of helmets, and if cycle helmets are a good fit and are worn correctly, they should be effective at reducing the risk of head injury. However, the best defence against injury when cycling is to avoid conflict all together and it is on this which TfL focuses its activity.

Earlier this year my Cycle Safety Action Plan was published and this outlines 52 actions aimed at reducing collisions involving cyclists. TfL has also recently launched a number of road safety campaigns to improve cycle safety, including campaigns designed to make cyclists aware of the dangers of undertaking lorries at junctions and a campaign encouraging motorists to look out for cyclists.