Helmets......reflectors front and rear and on wheels, riding fast on pavements (on the increase)........i think there needs to be a review on both sides of the coin on cycle rules as the number of cyclists is growing.
A helmet saved my life off road, and i knew a man with a badly cracked scull who wasn't wearing one and hit his head on a curb on road.
I don't wear one on-road......but i know head injuries are difficult to treat due to having a brain inside compared to a broken leg.
And there in lies the real problem, a lot of drivers see cyclists as aggressive, selfish and showing little regard for the law of the land.
You don't have to drive for long before you see cyclists taking up a whole lane, jumping red lights, almost never indicating and riding on and off pavements with out warning.
There's a real them and us divide between drivers and cyclists and it goes both ways.
'cos drivers never speed, amber-gamble (or just plain bet on red), tailgate, drive aggressively or without consideration...
Most drivers I see spout that argument are either NIMBYs, hypocrites, or both - and just really have might-is-right on their side.
On a site for cyclists I didn't feel the need to put our side across as I suspect most already knew it.
The point is niether group can claim to be whiter that white, both groups need to change and blindly and niavely pointing the finger and crying innocence will achive nothing.
Complete non sequitur, though, because I'm not trying to foist innocence on cyclists, I'm pointing out the emphasis is always in the wrong place.
It's always somebody else's problem or issue, isn't it. <deity>-forbid a bit of introspection and self-realisation, 'cos it's easier and more convenient. Let's just focus on the victims and postulate about whether they were wearing a bit of polystyrene on their noggin, rather than question why they're in increasing risk.
And that's the thing that always gets missed. Motorists bang on about things that if they were really honest, they do much the same themselves, and the only real risk they tend to face from cyclists is to their ego or a bit of paintwork - whereas cyclists are often at the mercy from fragile egos, but face disproportionate risks to life because of the divide. And that's really the problem that nobody seems prepared to take on, largely because there's nothing in it for them.
Do you really believe most drivers are concerned about paintwork when they come across a cyclist riding erratically?, do you really believe there would be no lasting impact on any body if took a human life, through their own fault or not?.
And yet you talk of misplaced emphasis and biased opinions.
@Greenstiles, Sounds like a nasty incident, you did well to come out of it feeling safe enough to get back on a bike. Not sure I would.
The bottom line is the road is a dangerous place regardless of who you are or your mode of transport,
Using the road irresponsibly will only increase the risk of incident. Riding with a resentment and contmept of other users is hardly an attitude to inspire co-operation and consideration.
Safe road use starts at home, it is not the responsibility of other road users to prove to you that they are worthy of your consideration and respect, that is something you leave the house with.
As for the helmet debate I'm not getting involved except to say I hope the incident that makes you realise it might be a good idea to protect yourself is not the incident that makes your family relaise it would have been a good idea to protect yourself.
Ride safe kids, and don't do drugs.
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