Nice article on bicycling in Berlin here. I tend to agree with their point that forcing people to wear helmets is keeping a lot of people from riding bikes and this is something that THE MAN doesn’t understand. I also seem to remember reading something somewhere that said that when the number of people riding reaches a certain point then helmets aren’t really necessary because a lot less chance that you’re going to get hit by a car because there are so few cars.
The article even compares Melbourne and Berlin and Melb has the big advantage in that it’s not suffering subzero temperatures 4 months a year. My answer is, find the sexiest, coolest looking helmet you can and rock that.