would it really be the end of the world to wear a helmet for 1 ride? have a thought for the hardworking ride organiser who want,s to keep the guest,s on his ride as safe as possible.and if the worst dose happen,know he has done all he can to make the ride safe. after 2 miles of banter and chat you will not even know you are wearing it
It wouldn't be the end of the world, no. It ***would*** be pandering to fearmongering and encouraging the impressions that helmets are needed and useful for cycling safety - neither of which things are true. When people organize helmets-only rides they make Mandatory Helmet Laws more likely - and based on the experience of countries where MHLs have passed, cycling numbers will halve overnight. And in the meantime the "Helmets provide safety" nonsense provides a cop out for the HGV lobby and poorly planned roads.
That doesn't mean that you should change your position (you should actuallychange your position because it based on utter bs, but that's another issue..) just that you shouldn't trivialize the views of people who disagree with you. I don't have a problem with this particular ride requiring a helmet - but I do get offended when people try to replace an a real argument with a strawman one. No, people who object to wearing helmets on such rides do not do so just because they "notice" their head is getting slightly sweatier!