Researchers are studying bike helmets. Modern helmets are lined with hard foam. The design can withstand a serious impact, protecting your skull from fracturing against a hard surface such as pavement, but the rigid foam doesn’t absorb as much energy as a softer liner, such as those found in football helmets. In this file photo, Alondra Tovar, 10, gets fitted with a bike helmet after receiving a bicycle in Sacramento, Calif., in 2008.
Researchers are studying bike helmets. Modern helmets are lined with hard foam. The design can withstand a serious impact, protecting your skull from fracturing against a hard surface such as pavement, but the rigid foam doesn’t absorb as much energy as a softer liner, such as those found in football helmets. In this file photo, Alondra Tovar, 10, gets fitted with a bike helmet after receiving a bicycle in Sacramento, Calif., in 2008. Randall Benton MCT
Researchers are studying bike helmets. Modern helmets are lined with hard foam. The design can withstand a serious impact, protecting your skull from fracturing against a hard surface such as pavement, but the rigid foam doesn’t absorb as much energy as a softer liner, such as those found in football helmets. In this file photo, Alondra Tovar, 10, gets fitted with a bike helmet after receiving a bicycle in Sacramento, Calif., in 2008. Randall Benton MCT

Here’s why experts are pushing to develop a better bicycle helmet

September 12, 2017 09:33 AM