Idea for debate session at the 2013 NZ Skeptics Conference
Following on from a meeting a couple of days ago to begin planning for the 2013 NZ Skeptics conference here in Wellington I have been thinking about a subject that could make for a good and worthwhile debate.
It is a matter of some dispute whether NZs helmet legislation is beneficial or harmful. It is an issue of great consequence as the answer to this question could have a large effect on the increased uptake and safety of cycling in NZ (or so some say).
It seems to me that this is a subject that runs the full span of what makes the skeptical position of great value and interest. It is of consequence, there can be an answer, it has passionate opponents and proponents and cycling is something that will inevitably become a greater share of transport.
Is helmet legislation preventing cycling becoming safer in NZ?