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Boris and the great helmet debate...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Origamist, 17 Jun 2008.

  1. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

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    Sandbach
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/06/17/do1701.xml

    In a nutshell:
    As for cycle helmets, we should be allowed, in our muddled way, to make up our own minds. Sometimes we will go for hatless, sun-blessed, windswept liberty; sometimes for helmeted security.

    The important thing is that we assess the risk, we make the decision, and be it on our own heads - or, in the case of my helmet, sometimes not
     
  2. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Cripes! He's actually spoken some sense!
     
  3. byegad

    byegad Guru

    Location:
    NE England
    Reminds me a local woman who's son was knocked off his bike by a car, he sustained a broken ankle and she started a Cycle Helmet Campaign!
     
  4. Riding in Circles

    Riding in Circles Veteran

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    EDINBURGH
    I rarely wear one.
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Great story in the comments there. A bloke on a shared path comes a cropper due to a woman's dog and ends up in the ditch. "You should keep your dog under control" he cries to which the woman responds "Well your not even wearing a helmet"!!! FFS
     
  6. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Good old Bozza, it was always going to be good to get someone 'real' in office. He may not be 'working class real', but at least he's not a bland automaton like Milliband and the like.....
     
  7. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography

    Don't you mean Millibland.... :tongue:
     
  8. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Ah, I like the way he writes.
     
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    so the regular rider can weigh up the risks and benefits can they? motorcyclists said mandatory crash helmets were an infringement etc etc

    this isn't sense, it's just ducking the issue and keeping everyone happy
     
  10. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    So, you think they should be compulsory? I'm not sure what you're saying.....

    It's not about weighing up the risks, it's about being aware fo the risk, and choosing to ignore it.
    Motorbikes are far, far different, you're never going to get up to 80mphon a bicycle.....
     
  11. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    It's good to see that he does sometimes say something that we can agree with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I'm impressed, and I didn't expect to be.

    Just two points that render the motorcycle helmet comparison invalid are that motorcycle use is several times more dangerous in terms of accidents than cycling, and the helmets can have much more serious protection
    since they don't have the same ventilation and weight limitations that cycle helmets have.
     
  13. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    my only point was that pre mandatory crash helmet lots of bikers said it was their choice, not useful, yada yada

    that's all

    point being that they were clearly not qualified to fully judge the issue, given the lack of compelling scientific evidence on either side of the cycle helmet debate I think it's reasonable to say the same about the need for cycle helmets
     
  14. Jaded

    Jaded New Member

    It isn't clear what you are saying here.

    You are saying because there isn't a lot of evidence people should be forced to wear helmets?
     
  15. Riding in Circles

    Riding in Circles Veteran

    Location:
    EDINBURGH
    Asbestos underwear at the ready folks.;)