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Harry Styles Rides Bicycle Right into Fierce UK Helmet Debate (Video)

Harry Styles of boy ban One Direction raised eyebrows in London when he was spotted riding a bike without a helmet. Mandatory helmet laws are hotly debated in the UK. (Photo: Getty)

Harry Styles of boy ban One Direction raised eyebrows in London when he was spotted riding a bike without a helmet. Mandatory helmet laws are hotly debated in the UK. (Photo: Getty)

Harry Styles was photographed taking a spin on an antiquated road bike in London over the weekend. He was dressed in street clothes without a safety helmet, putting him right in the middle of the UK’s fierce helmet debate. Should he wear one?

Right now England doesn’t require bicyclers to wear safety helmets.

But a debate has been raging for more than a decade. The British Medical Association recommended against mandatory helmet laws in June 1999 for fear it would stop people from riding.

Five years later, it reversed itself, according to cycling groups. Northern Ireland requires helmets for children.

In the United States, state and localities have jurisdiction and laws vary widely. Twenty countries have a national mandatory helmet law.

Australia, where helmets have been mandatory for decades, is notable because “Twight” hunk Robert Pattinson was ticketed down under a few years ago for riding without head protection.

Other celebs have also had their own problems.

Two years ago U2 frontman Bono suffered serious injuries, including a skull fracture, in a bike accident in New York City’s Central Park. He was riding without a helmet. A mandatory bike helmet law was defeated in New York city in 2012.

The famed Tour du France bicycle race made helmets mandatory following the death of racer Andrey Kivilev from head injuries in a 2003 crash.

The most recent UK study, a 2012 Bursary Paper produced for the Transport Planning Society, claimed a helmet law would reduce cycling levels and lead to more premature deaths than the legislation would save.

Nonetheless, UK cyclers are increasingly wearing helmets. A separate study found that the number had gone from 16 percent in 1994 to an estimated 34.3 percent in 2008.

The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes that the majority of bicyclist deaths, are caused by head injuries, highlighting the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet.

Helmet use has been estimated to reduce the odds of head injury by 50 percent, the Institute states.

Styles was spotted riding in Highgate. His bike was at least a 40-year-old steel design with gear shifters on the lower tube. Modern bikes are made of aluminum and carbon fiber.

If you’re going to ride such an old bike Harry, better get a helmet.

Check out the video below.

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