“the problem with pushing helmets isn’t practicality but that helmets make a basically safe activity seem really dangerous”
From what I’ve seen of the stats (in some reporting reblogged by said Times, thank you very much), it’s true that around 90 percent of the people who die in bicycle accidents aren’t wearing helmets. They’re also often drunk, riding the wrong way down the street, or some combination of the three. (Looking at you, Kevin!) And the actual number of people who die on bicycles every year is kind of vanishingly small, especially when compared to the number of automobile accident fatalities.
Long story short, yeah, don’t let a helmet get in the way of enjoying a ride. If you do die, you won’t be around for all the bikeshaming in blog comments anyway.