jimcoates wrote:just another thought on helmets. I'm philosophicall opposed to giving helmets as presents. I give my kids new helmets whenever I feel it is needed or appropriate. I even give them if comfort or fashion is an issue. Anything that encourages my kids to wear their helmet. I too often see kids at my son's school who have the helmet draped over the handlebars, obviously had to wear the helmet from home but have taken it off as soon as they are out of sight.
Just for the record, I'm against the compulsory helmet laws. Whilst it is undoubted that helmets reduce injuries, the enforcement option is a poor choice. IT\t would work much better to provide education and encouragement.
I respect your view but can't agree. I'm 100% with you on education and encouragement; but peer pressure is a powerful influence with some and enforced safety that does not create too much of a personal imposition, has my support. I remember the days before compulsory seat belts, for example (not sure if you are philosophically opposed to this?). I think this particularly applies to those who do not have the maturity to make an informed decision or who are unduly influenced by others. I confess that my views are influenced by my 3 decades as a Paramedic, and witnessing individual choices regarding safety having adverse consequences not only that individual, but also those who are associated with them. We could have a long debate about the rights of the individual vs the impact of freedom of choice on the community when it comes to safety. I must say that I am silent when I pass people not wearing helmets (just shake my head) - but I once refused to sell a bike to a person who wanted to ride it away without wearing one.
Although, 80Ks down a steep hill on skinny wheels wearing only lycra is not exactly particularly safe either. On a motorbike I would be wearing full protective gear!!!