human909 wrote:Marx wrote:I’m personally happy that there is a trend in acceptance of bike riding in Melbourne that is more robust than a passing fad. So the minority who make the helmet/risk association will be regarded as more radical than logical & will become further marginalised.
A comment in another forum brought home to me just home incorrect this is. Large groups of school children riding bikes with no adult supervision and no helmets. It would send horror through Australian parents and the media. Why? Because they are cycling. And cycling is dangerous. And there are no helmets!
Cycling is not seen as a "normal" activity. It is not seen in the same way as walking to school. It is seen as a risky activity.
I was cycling to school when I was 11 without a helmet!
Letter from The Age today.......
Where's the helmet?
AM I the only one who was appalled at the photograph of BMX rider Caroline Buchanan in The Saturday Age (''Is this BMX star … our best-kept Olympic secret?'', 26/5)? I spend my life nagging my children about wearing their helmets when they ride their bikes, because it is the law and is what they need to do to be safe. How is The Age promoting safe cycling when it glamorises riding without a helmet in this way?
Paula Gerber, Kew East
There you have it. People are now appalled at the thought of someone riding a bicycle without a helmet. And The Age is being blamed for encouraging "unsafe" cycling. MHL's - take a bow. Your job is done.