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  • "Such a shame that a doctor is quite so misinformed about cycle helmets. Nowhere with a rise in helmet wearing, whether due to laws or propaganda campaigns, can show any reduction in risk to cyclists. Drivers pass closer to cyclists wearing one, and helmeted cyclists have 14% more collisions. The risks of cycling are about the same as walking, so if the good doctor wishes to be consistent, he will wear a helmet while walking and encourage his patients to do so also.

    Regular cyclists, those most exposed to the risk, live two years longer, and are fitter, healthier and slimmer than the general population, so it is more dangerous not to ride than to do so.

    The only two effects of helmet laws and propaganda like this, are a reduction in the number of cyclists and obscene profits for those making and selling helmets. Because the people deterred from cycling by the helmet propaganda then lose the overwhelming health benefits, they get sicker quicker and die earlier, so the population level effects are very large and very negative.

    If other places can make cycling safe without helmets, and the places with helmet laws aren't safer, why would anyone promote helmets as the answer to cycling safety? Helmets don't make you safer, controlling the risk caused by those lethal weapons, cars, is.

    Perhaps Dr Chaturvedi might like to check a few facts, which he can find at"
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Crash helmet saved my life says cycling GP

Crash helmet saved my life says cycling GP

Crash helmet saved my life says cycling GP

First published in News

A DOCTOR is urging all cyclists to wear helmets after a serious crash left him in hospital.

Dr Krishna Chaturvedi cycles around Westcliff before starting work each day at his surgery in Southbourne Grove.

However, he was in collision with a car on the corner of Chalkwell Avenue and First Avenue and came off his bicycle.

The GP lost consciousness and injured his neck, back and face, particularly around his eye, but believes his life was saved by his cycle helmet.

He said: “I am gradually recovering from the injuries, but thank God there was no serious injury.

“The best protection for me was my helmet.

“What saved my life was wearing the helmet and having lights and a reflector jacket, but most importantly the helmet that I see so many cyclists do not wear.

“I checkedwith patients of mine who cycle regularly and surprisingly about 40 per cent do not wear one, which made me think to put out a message that a helmet must be worn.

“Without a helmet, I might not have survived and I want my experience to warn others.”

Police, an ambulance and paramedic rapid response car attended the crash shortly before 7am last Friday.

Dr Chaturvedi said: “I don’t really remember what happened. When I woke, I was on the road.

“The ambulance and police arrived so quickly.

“I want to express my gratitude towards the members of the public who stopped to help me and call the emergency services, who were excellent.

“They were not only prompt and efficient, but extremely courteous and attentive to my needs.

“Obviously I was at the time concussed and was taken to A&E where I found an extremely helpful nursing and medical team.

“I was in the right time at the right place for the right care.”

Dr Chaturvedi returned to work after a few days recuperation.

Police say the driver was reported for a motoring offence.

Adrian Turner, who is a clinical operations manager in Essex and a cycling paramedic, said: “The key things to stay safe when out cycling are your visibility, your road positioning and being wary of blind-spots on vehicles.”

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