Comments & Discussion

Boston University moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (EST) and can only accept comments written in English.

There are 8 comments on Put Your Helmet On!

  1. I’ve been waiting for this video to come out for quite a while. As someone who doesn’t bike, the message was very informative, and I really enjoyed the cameos by Devin, Jay, and some people I actually met for the first time recently from around the office. I really like how the riding sequences were edited, too. Jay’s expressions while cruising were wonderful.

  2. Very well done! Its important to note the necessity of “taking the lane” when there is no bike lane present. Especially in narrow street or when cars are parked along the side. Of course the door-zone is often a danger when in the bike lane as well.

  3. When my old helmet died, I searched for research to guide me in selecting my new helmet: which ones were safest? Bike shop employees had no answers, but could only tell me which were the least uncomfortable. As a religious helmet zealot, I was a little floored by what I found: the main support for wearing helmets comes from the first paper on helmet safety, by Thompson, Rivera, and Thompson, published in 1980 and since thoroughly discredited–the data from their study design showed that helmets prevent non-head injuries as well. There’s been a lot of research since, and the evidence that helmets do much, if any, good is thin on the ground. However, evidence is mounting that pushing people to wear helmets is drastically harmful–the main factor in bike safety is numbers, and pushing helmets discourages (and scares) riders, leading to an immediate and drastic decrease in motorist awareness for cyclists. But please don’t believe me–if you care about bike safety, please check out the latest research! is a good starting point: they have an agenda, but I think their agenda is a result of reading the primary literature. Be safe out there!

    1. I grew up in the time frame where there were no bicycling helmets. When I we to bicycling a few years ago, we bought helmets and never ride without them.

      I don’t need any research to tell me that If I fall, or get thrown off my bike for any reason whatsoever, that my head will be better off wearing a helmet than not.
      Just plain common sense!

      Any ER doctor or nurse will tell you:
      What do you call an un-helmeted motorcyclist?
      An organ donor.
      The same could be said for bicyclists riding on city streets.

Post a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *