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When people don’t wear bike helmets

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Blackbinsack Mon 11-Jun-18 15:05:29

I know there un cool not the comfort-ablest thing and pain to have to carry once your bikes locked up. but why don’t more people where them I once fell off my bike and my helmet completely cracked could of
Been my head had I not worn it 26,000 people are treated in hospital for brain and head injuries every year due to not wearing a helmet.

Tit4TatandAllThat Mon 11-Jun-18 15:08:15

I ask the same about scooter riders. No one around here wears a helmut yet they fly along like a bat out of he'll.

Dd1 (7) wears one and is only comfortable going at a snail's pace!

QueenoftheNights Mon 11-Jun-18 15:08:55

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gamerchick Mon 11-Jun-18 15:09:29

hmm early on this one.

gamerchick Mon 11-Jun-18 15:10:04

How many times did you check that before posting queen ? grin

BendydickCuminsnatch Mon 11-Jun-18 15:10:15

I don’t mind really if an adult wants to not wear one as surely they know the risks, but when their kids aren’t in one...?? DH saw an adult cycling along the road with one of those tent trailer things on the back, the child inside didn’t have a helmet on! Stupid. A tent isn’t going to do anything to protect them!

Shaboohshoobah1 Mon 11-Jun-18 15:10:16

Queenofthenights, don’t be an arsehole.

StopWhisperingStopShouting Mon 11-Jun-18 15:11:09

Grammar... why don’t people use it? I know it’s not the most convenient-ist, but it makes for much easier reading.

StopWhisperingStopShouting Mon 11-Jun-18 15:12:21

Why 😂

SunshineOutdoors Mon 11-Jun-18 15:14:01

Are you not allowed an opinion if your grammar isn’t 100%? It annoys me on printed, professional stuff but surely not in this case. Comes across as a bit elitist.

Praisebe Mon 11-Jun-18 15:14:58

Round here you see them with kids perched on the frame between their knees at about 2yrs old onwards also not wearing helmets going down a busy main road hmm bastards.

DiggertyDamn Mon 11-Jun-18 15:17:11

The DC have skateboards, scooters and bikes, they always wear helmets (and knee/elbow pads because I have 2 wannabee Tony Hawks). I have a cargo bike and they wear helmets in that too. Stupid not to imo.

A workmate of my Dads is now in a wheelchair with brain damage after falling of his bike and hitting his head on the kerb.

Kursk Mon 11-Jun-18 15:19:33

In my state in the US helmets are not a legal requirement on motorcycles after the age of 21.

QueenoftheNights Mon 11-Jun-18 15:21:01

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LostInShoebiz Mon 11-Jun-18 15:22:20

You are allowed an opinion if grammar isn't 100% but it doesn't carry much weight or authority.

TheRollingCrone Mon 11-Jun-18 15:22:25

They don't wear them here either - after four nights of being kept awake, I called non emergency police. Operate said the police can't chase riders if they're not wearing appropriate head gear, so they don't knowing right well the police have their hands tied.

I do believe there's about to be a change in legislation, but I could have made that up.

QueenoftheNights Mon 11-Jun-18 15:22:31

^How many times did you check that before posting queen* ?

About 10 seconds because I've spent my life doing it for work @gamerchick grin

Kursk Mon 11-Jun-18 15:23:13

Don’t worry OP, spelling is a small detail. You got your point across just fine.

dontforgetbilly Mon 11-Jun-18 15:24:54

hmm cue spelling/grammer bunfight

Well on the very rare occasion i cycle anywhere i dont wear a helmet as i dont own one

gamerchick Mon 11-Jun-18 15:25:16

grin

saganorenscoat Mon 11-Jun-18 15:26:58

I'm with @QueenoftheNights on this one.

AgentProvocateur Mon 11-Jun-18 15:29:25

There’s a difference between correcting grammar to nitpick, and correcting SPAG when the original post makes almost no sense on the first reading!

BlueBug45 Mon 11-Jun-18 15:29:38

The reason why it isn't compulsory to wear cycling helmets is because:
1. Helmets do not protect you if you cycle faster than 12mph and fall,
2. They don't protect you if a tonne of metal hits you like a car, HGV or bus,
3. Like with male Olympic boxers it encourages people to take risky behaviour.
4. The majority of people who wear cycle helmets don't change them frequently enough so they are useless, and,
5. Cycling and using a child's scooter isn't dangerous. People don't wear cycle helmets in the Netherlands and Denmark.

PolkaHots Mon 11-Jun-18 15:29:51

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWhMEkMtLy0

Video from the Guardian about why forcing people to wear helmets won't save lives.

One of its points is that cycling is about as safe as walking, and the main people at risk of head injury are people travelling in cars, but we don't ask them to wear helmets.

WalkingOnAFlashlightBeam Mon 11-Jun-18 15:31:45

Bit mean to criticise someone’s spelling and grammar, though it annoys me when people can’t display basic literacy too.

How will someone get better at reading and writing unless they are able to practice?

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