IrishCycle.com can exclusively reveal that promoting helmets and high-vis for people who cycle will be dropped from Irish road safety policy.
“There’s just too many studies showing that helmets and high-vis are ineffective and maybe even counter-productive,” said one source.
He explained that they will still advice some users to wear helmets: “Users who are engaging in extreme sport-type cycling, those who are unstable on two wheels, or those engaged in high-risk cycling might be or feel better if they keep wearing helmets.”
“High risk cycling excludes most cycling commutes. But in the future cyclists with high-vis and a helmet will be allowed to break red lights and cycle on motorways — but those remain illegal for now,” he said.
The source said that nobody would admit the the helmet and high-vis promotion policy was the waste of time he said it “clearly has been” but the policy will be quietly dropped over time.
“Rather than wasting time and resources on victim blaming, policy will now focus on the elephants in the room — namely, poor driver behavior and the on-going poor road and street design,” the source said this morning, April 1.