"Wear a helmet to prevent heavy injuries"

The Belgian Motoring Organisation Touring highlights international research on cyclists wearing a helmet: "If every cyclist in Belgium would wear a helmet, this would reduce the number of heavy injuries by 400 each year", says Danny Smagghe of Touring.

"We can reduce the number of heavy injuries by 42 percent. This equals 431 cyclists each year. When we look at young children, we see that 9 in 10 of the toddlers aged between 0 and 5 years suffer head injuries in a cycling accident, also when no cars or other traffic is involved", Danny Smagghe points out.

In Belgium, it is not compulsory for cyclists to wear a helmet. Touring is not demanding to make it obligatory, but is asking parents "to give the right example" to their children.