Should helmets be mandatory? Normally, I wouldn't think much about this, because wearing a helmet, to me, seems as natural as wearing shoes. Most times, it almost a reflex action. But a couple recent incidents have made me wonder what the best policy is.
This morning, a friend sent me a link to an article out of Melbourne, Australia. The article was about the Melbourne bike scheme. (I hate that phrase!! More later.)
According to the article, the whole program of providing inexpensive bicycles to the populous was not overly successful. It was a bit expensive and had relatively low user-ship initially. Then, it got worse due to Victoria's strict, compulsory helmet law. If a bicyclist is caught riding without a helmet, the fine is $146.
At first I thought, "So that's Victoria's secret?" Then I started thinking of all the reasons a person might not wear a helmet:
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datory for bike riders?
- helmet not available
- helmet hair
- helmets look dorky (to some people)
- helmets are uncomfortable if you're not used to wearing them.
- sweaty head
- possible head lice w/ rented/borrowed helmet