Mikael Colville-Andersen (born January 29, 1968 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian-Danish urban designer and urban mobility expert. He is the CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company, which he founded in 2009, and he works with cities and governments around the world in coaching them towards becoming more bicycle friendly. He is a sought-after keynote speaker at design and architecture conferences and events around the world on the subjects of urbanism, liveable cities and bicycle history.
Take 15 minutes and listen to this TED talk by Mikael Coalville-Andersen. In it he eloquently articulates the reason it is more beneficial to not wear a bike helmet. On the one hand, it makes perfect sense to encourage more cyclist in our cities. It is healthier, cleaner, and the cities are certainly more livable. No question! And, that will happen, he argues, if cyclists are not compelled to wear helmets. And yes, the argument is backed by science. Numerable studies demonstrate that it is just as safe, perhaps safer, if you don’t wear a helmet when cycling.
My, my. This is a complicated debate.
Well, as one who has suffered from two concussions, it’s not that complicated. Any head injury can be debilitating. Minor, low-speed hits to the head can be just as dangerous as the high-speed incident I experienced. And, there can be no argument that protection worn on the head reduces the severity of the fall no matter how hard it may be.
Watch this video and let me know what you think. In particular, does wearing a helmet deter you from cycling? And if so, why?