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Researcher wants to compare Colorado cycling injuries to those in Portland

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There’s a pretty interesting story out of Colorado that involves both Portland, cycling and helmets.

The University of Colorado Health recently released a study that documented the fact that from 2006-2012, there was an 80 percent spike in cyclists who were treated for injuries in Larimer County hospitals.

According to the story at TheDenverChannel.com, 30 percent of the people brought into the hospitals during that span were wearing a helmet. An even worse number is that of the nine deaths in that six-year span, six people who died were not wearing helmets.

How does this all relate to Portland? Well, the Colorado cities of Fort Collins and Boulder, along with Davis, Calif., and Portland are ranked at a platinum level for being bike-friendly. Dr. Terri Marty, who was behind the study, wants to compare her findings with the other three platinum-level cities.

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No, this helmet is not a superhero, but it sure sounds like it could be

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Every cyclist’s worst nightmare is getting hit by a car.

When it happens, it’s not unheard of for drivers to drive away. Maybe they didn’t know they hit a cyclist. Maybe they know and they’re trying to get away.

The Helmet of Justice won’t let that happen.

In a story over at DigitalTrends.com, this helmet is made up of seven cameras and upon a crash, these cameras leap into action and capture everything that happened.

Chaotic Moon, the company that made the helmet, hasn’t announced that it will start mass-producing the helmets. However, the company could sell the idea to some of the major bike helmet manufacturers.

Check out the rest of the story.

Tired of lugging your bike helmet around? Just fold it up

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A British guy named Jeff Woolf just might be a genius.

In a story over at Gizmag.com, Woolf figured out a way to make a bike helmet that can fold relatively flatly. He’s calling it the Morpher.

Woolf is trying to get his new helmet to pass safety standards here in the United States. Hopefully it happens!

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Thanks to a bike helmet, this guy survives after his head is run over

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Photo courtesy of Treehugger.com
Photo courtesy of Treehugger.com

Ryan Lipscomb is probably glad he didn’t listen to people who think bike helmets don’t really help.

According to Treehugger.com, the Wisconsin resident was wearing his helmet while riding his bike. Then, the unthinkable happened.

“I didn’t see it coming, but I sure felt it roll over my head. It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head.”

Check out the rest of Lipscomb’s story.

This helmet is environmentally-friendly and cool

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Photo courtesy of Kyle Ferguson.

The folks over at Treehugger.com filed a story about designer Kyle Ferguson who designed an eco-friendly bike helmet for Lacoste.

According to the story, the helmet is described as:

Comprising sustainable materials like organic wool, thermoformed bio-plastic, low-density cork and soy-based foam, Ferguson’s helmet is, in his own words, “well-suited to leisurely rides around town, running errands, or commuting.”

Check out the rest of the story.

Yes, invisible bike helmets do exist

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The folks over at Mashable posted a really cool story about Hövding, the invisible bike helmet made by a Swedish company.

Yep, you read that correctly — an invisible bike helmet.

Check out this news story.

According to Mashable’s story, it sounds like it’ll be awhile until this sort of technology comes to the United States.

Would you think about buying this?

Don’t sweat it — this bike helmet is safe

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Drawing inspiration from the corrugated cartilage structure of a woodpecker’s skull, this helmet is 15 percent lighter than your average helmet and can withstand triple the amount of impact. What’s more, it’s even waterproof and sweatproof!

http://www.dogonews.com/2012/12/20/cardboard-bike-helmet-proves-to-be-surprisingly-safe