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BREAKING: Irish road safety bosses to abandon cycling helmet and high-vis push 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.

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“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.

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  1. Baring the date in mind, I do think helmets and high-vis are useless for most cyclist and I’ve never worn them in 40+ years of cycling and never will. So if this would be a true policy, I would fully support it. The best protection is better roads, driver awareness and many more cyclists on the road so everyone gets used to them. I also support breaking red lights under certain conditions (as is done in Belgium). I have to draw the line at cycling on motorways although on most there is plenty of space in the left lane.

  2. You almost had me there ;-)
    Want so much for sanity to be reached dropping any plans for mandatory helmet use that I nearly missed the April fools joke!


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