Originally Posted by scottishmommy
Why are some of you against wearing helmets? I'm not asking in a facetious way at all, I'm just wondering if there are safety concerns with wearing a helmet (ie it blocks your line of sight or something).
No, no safety concerns with wearing a helmet to my knowledge. Only thing is that it offers a false sense of security about the dangers cars present, and there is evidence that making helmets mandatory can discourage cycling, because it gives the impression that cycling is oh so very dangerous, and also discourages bike share programs etc. Here is an article, again from copenhagenize.com (sorry LOL, tho if you google it is covered elsewhere, I just like this article) about Mexico City repealing its helmet laws: http://www.copenhagenize.com/2010/04...elmet-law.html
And if you notice in the link posted about cyclists in Amsterdam, nobody wears a helmet. It is much safer to cycle there, yes, due to bicycle infrastructure, but again bike helmet doesn't protect against cars.
eta - The only thing about helmets IMO is that they are too heavy for infants under 1, and maybe even infants a bit over 1, to safely support on their heads, I believe. I have seen people put carseats in bike trailers for younger infants (6 or 9 mos plus), and put the babe in there helmet-less. I would do that no problem. I carried my own infant in the trailer from 10ish months plus, and after trying to get her to wear a helmet, I quit because it was so uncomfortable for her and she hated it. I believed she had plenty of protection in the trailer with the 5 point harness and the roll bar. Now I have an Xtracycle so she rides in a baby seat on the bike, so of course I put a helmet on her every time. She is also over 2 now and has no problem with wearing the helmet.