Most cases of road accidents head injuries are said to be the leading causes of death, which means wearing a helmet could save many precious lives. So, if you don’t wear a helmet when biking, why not?
While the City of Winnipeg explores the possibility if making all bicycle riders to wear helmets, go ahead and think back to July 2014 when retired truck driver Edward Henrickson was riding his bike along Airlies Street.
He hit a pothole. On a leisurely ride, he tragically died. Apparently from a head injury.
I’ve always refused to wear a bike helmet. Too hot. Too cumbersome. It will ruin my hair. (Of course I can be vain.) But, that week I went out and bought a helmet. To this day, I will not bike without my ugly helmet.
Now, people in the Netherlands are known for being avid cyclists. Riding bikes is a part of daily life. And the Dutch typically don’t wear bike helmets – or need them. It’s argued because cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity – it’s the road environment that is dangerous, and the Dutch have created a safe cycling environment.
So, if you don’t wear a helmet, why not? If you do, why? And should our city, maybe, just maybe, consider making a road environment a safer one – for cars, bikes, and pedestrians?