Collapsible Helmet Aims to Tackle Safety Gaps in Cycling World
October 15, 2018 (mashable.com) A start-up company based in Brooklyn, New York, has created a collapsible helmet that it hopes will tackle safety gaps in the bicycling world, according to an online article from mashable.com.*
Helmets are unquestionably necessary for safe cycling, but many people do not wear them, citing discomfort and inconvenience. People don’t like wearing bulky helmets that they don’t have a place for when they are finished riding. The company Park and Diamond has addressed these issues by creating a stylish collapsible helmet. The helmet looks like a ballcap with straps, is lightweight and breathable, and boasts test results that exceed worldwide safety standards. Best of all, the helmet completely folds into itself for easy carrying in a water bottle, briefcase, or bag.
Park and Diamond president and co-founder David Hall envisioned the helmet after a vehicle struck his sister in 2015 while she was biking in Philadelphia. The driver left the scene, and Hall’s sister was in a coma for four months before making a full recovery. Through research he conducted after the accident, Hall learned more than 85,000 people in America suffer traumatic brain injuries every year because of bicycling accidents. Moreover, 97 percent of cyclist fatalities involve people who were not wearing helmets.
“Our mission is to improve safety,” Hall said of Park and Diamond’s endeavors. “The company is named after the intersection where my sister’s accident occurred, and we are focused on protecting as many people’s heads as possible, while developing accessible and portable products to fit everyone’s personal style — whether they ride a bike or kick scooter.”
The helmets currently start at $79, and people can pre-order them now while funding the project on IndieGoGo.
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