Equipment and On Road Behaviour, Laws and Rules. Cycling Promotion and Advocacy
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I've managed to avoid the helmet debates here, but thought this story in The Age was an interesting read.
Just for the record, I agree with the story. I'll be wearing a lid regardless.
[mods- I think this is the right part of the forum, and couldn't see it mentioned anywhere else]
Phil Liggett, TdF 2011, Alpe-d'Huez: "I reckon tonight in hindsight he may have won the Tour de France tomorrow."
I stopped reading after :
If you ride a bike long enough, you will fall off
I'm an advocate of wearing helmets, but I will also admit that I am now an advocate of repealing the helmet laws. I would still wear one under the same circumstances as I do now (almost without exception, always) and insist on my children wearing one until they are adults and can make their own decisions about the matter.
Building more roads to prevent congestion is like a fat man loosening his belt to prevent obesity.
- Lewis Mumford
Good to hear, because wearing helmets for personal safety and forcing people to wear them are two different things.
But often when the MHL is mentioned people assume that is because wearing a helmet is a good thing.
That may* be, but forcing people to wear one is not a good thing.
* like it or not, the safety of these helmets is debatable, there is no clear proof it is safer, and no clear proof it isn't.
I note that this thread has already started to gravitate towards a generic helmet law toss up from the 3rd post. You guys are hopeless for the lack of fresh angles on the subject! Lack of original thinking will get you nowhere...
yep, better lock this thread before it get out of hand.
Saw the article (it is syndicated across the Fairfax press) earlier this morning and I agree with the sentiments expressed in the article. I guess I simply value my brain and my life to bother to argue about it .... dead or in rehab makes it all too late.
You've all heard my opinion on this before, as a rider and as a forum mod. Not wasting keystrokes when nothing's changed on either side.
[mod helmet]More to do than this. If anyone gets upset, hit the report button and I'll worry about it then. I'm outta here.[/mod helmet]
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
In that case I vote get rid of MHL and introduce mandatory air bags on all bikes!
Airbags in action
Ouch! I did something like this back in 2001.... much smaller mound but going rather faster! Massive nose-wheelie followed by faceplant. Unconscious for 5-10 mins and broken wrist that is still giving me grief.
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
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