If there is anything that can get the cycling community in a larger lather than Vino going up hill, it is the mandatory helmet laws. Australia is one of the few places in the world that has them, and it is blamed by the anti helmet lobby for slashing the number of people who cycle. Well overnight, after a cycling was hit and killed by a bus in London, Brad Wiggins had this to say…
Wiggins spoke at a press conference shortly after the male cyclist was fatally injured in Hackney, east London.
He said: “It’s dangerous and London is a busy city and a lot of traffic. I think we have to help ourselves sometimes.
“Cycling is a dangerous sport. I know there are a lot of people out there who ride bikes who abide by everything, the laws the lights and things.
“But there are a lot of cyclists as well who don’t help themselves, riding along with no helmets on, iPods on, this, that and the other on those Bojo things.
“There’s got to be laws that protect both parties. Things like legalising helmets, making them the law to wear. They shouldn’t be riding along with phones and iPods on, shouldn’t be riding without lights.”
The full article is here.
I will be watching what comes of this with plenty of interest. I am not really for or against mandatory helmet laws. The sympathetic side of my brain says it is a good idea to protect people from accidents. The nasty side of the brain says lets Darwin’s theory sort it out. I wear a helmet 99.99% of the time. Last time I didn’t was after adjusting my re mech and rolled up and down the street. My street is a dead end, so traffic is virtually nil.
I have been hit by a car and ended up sliding down the back of the hatchback onto my head. I saw with my own eyes what happened to my helmet. I’m glad it wasn’t my head.
As usual, I would love to hear peoples thoughts in the comments below. Please play nice.
Update : Apparently Wiggins did his victory lap sans helmet. I will dig up a photo if I can later, I’m off for a ride.