I’m a great believer in bicycle helmets and I’d never ride my bike on the road without one. Indeed, a nice red Giro helmet I owned undoubtedly saved me from a nasty head injury when I decked it after hitting a branch on Settlement Road at the Gap one Sunday morning in 2004. Wearing a helmet makes sense for anyone riding a bike and you’re taking a risk if you don’t wear one. That said, making helmets compulsory is bad from a public health perspective, because it discourages people from riding bikes, as I discussed in a post back in 2010:
Also worth a read is Cameron Murray’s 2010 post Helmet law rebound effects and the success of terrorism.
Given that the compulsory helmet law is bad policy, I’m pleased that the Government is allowing an exemption for Sikhs, as reported by the Brisbane Times, and I hope it eventually considers getting rid of the compulsory helmet law entirely.