My last 7.5 tonne truck had no seatbelts. It was weird, I am so used to them now.
I don't feel weird riding helmetless, but when the speed picks up a bit I do think about it.
I never kayak rivers/shoreline without one, never abseil or climb without one.
Just part of the kit, never an afterthought.
I think that is the way it is for many cyclists nowadays, a no brainer as someone mentioned!
I don't have an issue with helmet wearing. What I do have an issue is that too many people believe that a helmet will always protect them from injury. This is a potentially dangerous belief due to the fact that humans take more risks when they feel safe than when they feel vulnerable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_h ... mpensationIf I am right in saying that helmets... :
*are only designed to cope with sub 10mph impacts with flat hard surfaces.
*are not effective at dealing with impacts against sharp kerb edges or angled car bodies etc.
* have foam linings that are too stiff for optimal, real life, energy absorption
* can increase the risk of neck injuries due to their surfaces gripping the road and that they effectively increase the effective diameter of the head and so the twisting impact leverages on the neck.
*that drivers will also "risk compensate by driving faster and closer to cyclists wearing helmets than those without.....Then helmets are not actually the miracle cure to the dangers of cycling that some believe.
This is not an argument for not wearing them. But, I believe, a sensible view that whilst they may indeed reduce risk, they do not at all remove it. And so should not be relied on as the main focus of cycle safety that they have become.There is an story to illustrate this.
A Father is given a bicycle for his son but there is no helmet with it. So he checks the function of the brakes etc. and then tutors his son at length on how to ride safely and how dangerous cycling can be.
Another Father is given a bicycle and a helmet. He makes sure his son is waring the helmet before he rides his new bike on the road.But which of these sons is actually safer?
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