Has anyone ever successfully got a crash helmet rule overturned? I tried asking British Cycling why they mandate crash helmets for a local charity ride and I'm pulling it together as much for my own convenience as for me and others to learn from my mistakes. The context is a completely inconsistent rule enforcement on the 2014 charity ride, with people like me riding free, but some people being lent ill-suited crash helmets and told they must wear them - of course, as soon as they were round a corner from the start, the helmets got strapped to the bike and the volunteer marshals out on the course didn't care, viewing it (correctly IMO) as a matter of personal choice. For the 2015 ride, local volunteers said they were OK with people riding free but published materials said otherwise, so I used a web form in Dec 2014 or so to ask for the published materials to make it clear there wasn't a helmet rule I summarise the subsequent email conversation like this - these are all actual quotes but of course there was a lot more written by both sides, including a load of greetings and pleases and thank-yous and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year: Charity Officer: "I do remember this coming up as an issue this year and I'm very sorry if there was any confusion caused. Our event is run under the standard British Cycling sportive guidelines (which you can read here - http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/Cycle_Sportive_Event_Guidelines1.pdf) and our insurance and risk assessments are tied to following this guidance. ... I personally think it sets a good example to ensure everyone wears a helmet." (Note: to his credit, despite his personal opinion, he did pass this to British Cycling.) Me: "Is BC's current position still http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/staticcontent/Safety-Points-0 which is much more reasonable: "British Cycling recommends wearing a correctly fitted helmet for non-competitive riding, whilst recognising the right of each individual to choose whether or not to accept this recommendation and the limit to the protection helmets provide."?" BC's Lead Sportive Officer: "Participants have to wear a helmet when participating in any BC endorses events. See page 4 of the Guidelines<http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/Cycle_Sportive_Event_Guidelines1.pdf>. As a British Cycling insured event the event organiser has a duty of care to fully risk assess the route and provide a safety plan around the event itself. The mandatory use of helmets relates to this." Me: "Riders don't have to wear a helmet on some BC-endorsed events such as SkyRides, do they? Could you bring the sportive event guidelines into line with SkyRides...?" BC: "Organisers have more a responsibility here. They are organising and delivering an event participants have paid to enter. The guidelines are in place to lower any risk etc involved. Compulsory helmet wear when participating in these events, is one of the measures put into place." Me: "On what evidence does British Cycling base its view that helmets reduce risk to participants in charity challenge rides?" That last question was sent 26 January 2015. No reply since.