The new headpiece is mostly white. I would have preferred a blue one, but there weren't any blue ones the right size for me. White is probably more visible, which is a plus.
Price-wise, some helmets cost well over $100. I suppose they're designed for high-speed impacts, such as might occur during racing. I don't need to go quite as high-tech as that -- yet.
Laws regarding mandatory helmet use vary. I see quite a few people riding bicycles with no helmet, which strikes me as very risky. I feel like hollering at those folks, WHERE'S YOUR HELMET?! I have to remind myself that it's their own heads, not mine.