il padrone wrote:Personally I am aware of several people who have changed their tack on the helmet rule since these discussions have been taken up, have looked at the evidence for MHL and found it sorely wanting.
Count me in on that group too. I was fairly indifferent on the issue before encountering this debate on BV and BNA forums. Certainly having travelled and cycled extensively overseas I was never of the opinion that helmetless is terrible however I've never really had a problem with wearing a helmet myself so I largely didn't care.
jules21 wrote:but in principle, it annoys me that people feel entitled to burden society with the potential cost of exercising their freedom. that's not really freedom at all.
Please get rid of this notion that riding without a helmet puts a greater cost risk on society. This is simply not born out by fact. Furthermore a helmet wearing Lycra road warrier is far more likely to end up in hospital than a young helmetless female cycle commuter on a upright bicycle.
Are you annoyed at the people who rockclimb? The people who ski? The people who drive cars with no air bags? What about people who cycle when they could just catch the train? All of these are freedoms that are more risky than more regular alternatives.