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This cargo bike company banned its riders from wearing helmets

The business said it was for safety concerns

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No, it’s not April Fool’s Day. A London-based e-cargo bike and bicycle cab company Pedal Me confirmed that it banned riders for its company from wearing helmets. The reason? All in the name of safety.

“Overwhelmingly, our staff experience injuries off the bike, not on the bike,” Pedal Me cofounder Ben Knowles said on Twitter. He was responding to queries online after he said that the company banned its riders from wearing bicycle helmets quite some time ago. “People that are taking risks that are sufficient that they feel they need to wear helmets are not welcome to work for us,” he added.

The company believes that cyclists take more risks when a helmet is worn. They also said that the majority of injuries that their riders experience come when they are off the bike, not on.

According to an article on Forbes, Knowles expanded on this idea on a Zoom call. He said that the company is instead working systematically to reduce risks, and had their riders and their safety in mind. Knowles added that the most common injury his staff reported at Pedal Me was being “pinged” by bungee cord hooks.

Some of the other more common injuries sustained by the cyclists at the company included falling down the stairs.

Pedal Me also suggested that one of the reasons their cargo bike riders don’t need a helmet is they can’t get thrown over the handlebars as on a regular bike, one of the most common causes of head injuries when cycling. Since the riders are on a cargo bike, with a 1-2 meter pod  in front of the handlebars, they stated that it is not possible to fall over the bars.