My parents were giving out to me for not making my kids wear helmets and I made the playground comparrisson and they "but but but.... *nothing*"
Everyone is convinced cycling is deadly (not good deadly, bad deadly)
A discussion for the annual review possibly, but not for here
Portugal drops proposal for mandatory helmet law:
So maybe time to start campaigning, mass-cycling and letter-writing?
irish cyclists don't really have such a hot topic issue to rally around though. it's all fighting little fires rather than one big ones.
Well… surely yes, if the Gardaí are pushing for mandatory helmets and hi-viz, and there's also a push to force people to cycle on the dreadful and often dangerous cycle lanes?
the AGSI passed a motion, which is not the same as the gardai as an official body pushing for the same (i.e. it's not - as far as i am aware - a policy move o'sullivan or others in the garda hierarchy are peddling). also, as it's not the gardai who would actually introduce this law anyway, and several ministers having gone on record over the years saying explicitly it's not something considered desirable, it's not concrete enough to rally around.
the cycle lanes issue has gained a little bit of steam, and i can imagine that becoming a rallying cry.
The number of us ending up smeared on the tarmac by HGVs and Campervans of late is certainly a hot topic in my eyes....
The AGSI did the equivalent of a 10 year old boy shouting "look at the cow's nest" and the media fell for it, with the public following them.
A real media would have reported on how ridiculous it is to even contemplate the issue of high-vis while the reputation of the force is at such a low point that no one can believe a word from any Guard, from the newest recruit to the Commissioner.
It's beyond rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic; it's wondering whether the deck chairs need a fresh coat of paint and a change of image via a marketing campaign, all the while floating among corpses.
It's already there, in the Charter and FAQs sticky....
I know there are many pros and cons for the use of helmets while cycling but the guys in this video really experienced the pros...
adjust the video speed to 0.25 and watch from about .29 seconds...
I know there are many pros and cons for the use of helmets while
cycling driving but the guy in this video really experienced the pros..
I know I'm going to sound flippant, but it looks to me like he did a great job of getting his hands and forearms out to absorb the impact and tucked his chin in to roll, but then a big foam thing on his head smacked into the ground.
I have had a similar over the handlebars crash, but - shock horror - without a helmet and it was my arms and upper back that hit the ground, as, like this guy I tucked my chin and rolled through the impact.
Its not flippant, just an anecdote, just like mine. In no way should anyones policies be influenced by it. I have permanent neck problems due to a helmet hooking a roll bar in a crash. If I hadn't been wearing it, my arms/elbows/tuck, would have brought me through the rear window safely but the helmet hooked the frame and now I get to crack my neck every day and live with constant aching. I certainly wouldn't stand on a pulpit and tell people not to wear helmets because of this but I do understand why making them mandatory without valid reasons is a terrible idea.
I would have been one of those people that wears a helmet when on my road bike but short commutes or trip to shops would not justify. I came off bike last week and hit footpath whacked head and lots of road rash got home checked helmet and it was smahed inside. If it was my skull that looked like that helmet i would be in bad shape. Wont be cycling again without a helmet