Helmet

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten on Vimeo

“If people say it’s impossible we have to prove them wrong.”
Design students Anna and Terese took on a giant challenge as an exam project. Something no one had done before. If they could swing it, it would for sure be revolutionary. The bicycle is a tool to change the world. If we use bikes AND travel safe: Life will be better for all.

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Produced by WG Film with the support of
The Swedish Film Institute – Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis.

DIRECTOR: Fredrik Gertten
PRODUCER: Margarete Jangård and Elin Kamlert
ASSISTANT PRODUCER: Lina Bertilsson
CAST: Anna Haupt, Terese Alstin
CAMERA: Marek Wieser
SOUND RECORDIST:Emma Svensson
BOOM OPERATOR: Emma Thorsander
EDITOR: Klaus De León Heinecke

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Mandatory bicycle helmet laws in Western Australia

Australia’s National Cycling Participation 2019 survey confirms that the equivalent of more than a million fewer people are riding bicycles each week in 2019 than in 2011, and suggests 35.1% fewer Australians aged 9yo+ were cycling each day in 2019 than in 1985/86, despite 62% population growth (see report analysis).

Australia’s largest cycling organisation, the Bicycle Network, has reversed its policy and from 31 October 2018 is recommending a five year trial permitting people older than 17 to choose whether they wear a helmet when riding on footpaths or off-road cycle paths (read recommendation and policy paper).

The recommendation follows a 14 month inquiry which had 19,327 respondents, with 58.3% supporting a change to helmet laws and opinions expressed by Australia’s leading experts on helmet law efficacy (read submissions including the opinion of this website).

It is likely the recommendation will be ignored or given short shrift by Australia’s media

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Bicycle Helmet Ratings


In collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we have rated a total of 99 bike helmets using the STAR evaluation system. Our bicycle helmet impact tests evaluate a helmet’s ability to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of impacts a cyclist might experience. Helmets with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk for these impacts compared to helmets with less stars.

Wearing a helmet is most important and can be the difference between life and death in the event of a crash. These ratings supplement standards by providing additional information on which helmets best reduce concussion risk. For bike helmets, we recommend any 4 or 5 star helmet. While there are some differences in impact performance within these groups, other factors such as cost, fit, and comfort should be considered when purchasing a helmet.

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