Share article:
Share article:

Two-thirds of Belgian cyclists do not wear helmets

Credit: European Cyclists' Federation

Two-thirds of Belgian cyclists never wear a helmet, according to national statistics

The most recent national figures found that 68% of Belgians do not wear a helmet, and the Walloon Road Safety Agency found that 71% of Walloon cyclists forego helmets, reports New Mobility.

These figures place Belgium at the bottom of European countries, with only Hungary and the Netherlands wearing helmets less.

The Belgian road safety institute Vias reported that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of a serious head injury by 60% in the event of an accident. Autopsies of cyclists who died in accidents and did not wear a helmet show that 37% of them could have survived if they had worn one.

The Flemish cycling policy centre Fietsberaad found that helmets do not offer much protection in accidents with high speeds or heavy vehicles. They do, however, provide protection in other accidents, such as colliding with an object.

There is little research on what motivates adults to wear helmets, but researchers in the Netherlands found that young people do not wear helmets because their peers do not.

However, Fietsberaad argues that cyclist safety comes from proper infrastructure. Since the Netherlands has created that infrastructure, it has higher bicycle safety rates even if its cyclists do not wear helmets.

Sam Nelson
The Brussels Times

Latest news

European Parliament wants to sue the Commission for delaying rule of law conditionality
In a rare move on Thursday, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted for the Parliament to take the European Commission to court ...
Mayor wants to close two Brussels bars where alleged sexual assaults took place
Ixelles' Mayor Christos Doulkeridis (Ecolo) said that he’d like to close the two bars that employed a man accused of raping multiple patrons, ...
‘Untenable’: Mayor says situation at Brussels North station is out of control
The situation at Brussels North Station is no longer tenable, Schaerbeek's mayor Cécile Jodogne (Défi) says. Drug dealing, homelessness, ...
Suicide second-leading cause of death among European youth
Suicide is the number two killer among young people living in Europe, a recent Unicef report on the state of their mental health found. The ...
‘Too little, too late’: Brussels mayors criticise CST implementation
After a two week delay, the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) will become mandatory in several situations in Brussels from today (Friday). Some mayors blame a ...
Sciensano expert warns of rising Covid-19 cases this winter
The return of colder weather and the relaxing of health measures are giving rise to new Covid-19 contaminations and hospitalisations around Belgium, ...
Hospital food is making you sick, Belgian study shows
Eating hospital meals results in a measurable decline in health, according to a report from the Flemish television network VTM, which paints a ...
Belgium in Brief: Supply Issues
There are few things more jarring than walking into a store and finding that the shelves are empty, be that partially or otherwise. One thing ...
Stolen Magritte painting on display for first time in ten years
Surrealist painter René Magritte's work "Olympia", which made headlines across the world when it was stolen from a museum in Belgium in 2009, will be ...
Brussels airport pilots ’15 minute’ PCR test
Brussels Airport has announced that it will soon begin a trial of an ultra-fast PCR test able to detect Covid-19 in 15 minutes, a far faster ...
Over 1,000 demonstrators march in Brussels following sexual assault allegations
Around 1,300 people gathered in Ixelles on Thursday night to march against sexual violence, according to reporting from Bruzz. The march was ...
Covid Safe Ticket mandatory in Brussels, but no fines yet
The Brussels-Capital Region will expand the use of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) from today (Friday), but it will take a few days before rule-breakers ...