Implications for Legislators
Working Group 3’s output can aid in the improvement of both testing standards and helmet certification. In the near future, the proposal of new testing standards and pass/fail criteria should be discussed with the relevant standard bodies. In order to protect cyclists from serious head injury even better, the current industry standard is simply not enough. Helmet design, testing and certification must first be improved in order to protect against the most common – and often most devastating – types of injury. Standards like EN 1078 and EN 1080 are not enough to ensure that helmets are truly effective in preventing serious head injury in traffic accidents. Modifications to these standards can have a tremendous impact on cyclist safety and on injury prevention.