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It is heartening to see an emphasis on safer automobile design. As as 50-something, I've noticed that the lights on many new cars, especially if they are misaligned, can be dazzling to oncoming drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. And that's in Massachusetts, where the annual safety inspection for cars includes testing and correcting headlight aim.

I notice that Norway seems to be an exception to the inverse correlation between miles cycled per capita and bicyclist fatalities. Having driven in Norway, I would speculate that it's due to Norway's strict enforcement of speed limits and DUI laws. For DUI, the legal limit is 0.02, and the penalty for being even slightly over that is a fine equal to one month's pay and suspension of one's driver license for up to a year.

On the rare occasions I’m in an automobile I’m always struck with how difficult they are to see out of. And at night I’m doubly struck how impossible it is to see anything else but other, brightly lit, cars.

Thanks for writing about this report.

"And, of course, if mandatory helmet use is a good idea for cyclists, why not pedestrians and motorists?"

Snarky. NTSB has long recommended mandatory helmet laws for motorcyclists. I'm not aware of studies showing the safety benefit of helmets for pedestrians or motorists.

Randy, I'm surprised that YOU of all people aren't aware of studies showing the safety benefit of motoring helmets.


As for pedestrian helmets, the lack of studies is a reason we should do some, not a reason to pooh-pooh the idea. Maybe we can drop weights on them from various heights.

I don't know of any studies about electric scooter helmets, but I know of websites that promote them.

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