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Compulsory helmet use for cyclists. Yes or No?

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´╗┐Helmets: Yes or No? Pedalling home with only 5km to go till I get a warm cup of tea, put my feet up and watch the football. It was a horrible day not ideal for cycling at all, not quite the glamorous weather you see while watching ?Le Tour de France?. The rain was lashing down in force; the roads were treacherous which made it very difficult for me to get any real rhythm or speed at all. I was on the main road so the splashes from the cars speeding through puddles were spraying onto my black tinted glasses making virtually impossible to see. I had everything there was to have for a cyclist; Bike, Lycra clothing, Shoes, Mud guards, Lights?. But not a helmet! I thought they looked ridiculous! I tried to take the 2nd exit of a roundabout at high speed when suddenly?. Bang! A large car loses grip and skids straight into me, sending me flying off my bike head-first striking the pavement with my temple. ...read more.

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Nowadays drivers are very careless when it comes to passing cyclists on the roads, most give plenty of room and are very courteous but a small minority of divers despise cyclists and don?t think they should have the same rights of the road. These sorts of people pass cyclist by a matter of inches at high speeds which would seriously dent a new cyclists? confidence. Before I joined a cycling club and started competing nationally I was out for a training ride on a Wednesday night when a car passes me at about 65mph and knocked me off into the fields at the side of the road. I consider myself lucky that I had a helmet and that I fell away from the road otherwise I would not be writing this just now! In addition, most cycling deaths would have been prevented if a cyclist had been wearing a helmet. In the USA two-thirds of cyclists admitted to hospital have head injuries from not wearing a helmet. ...read more.

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Fewer cyclists means that divers will pay less attention to cyclists on the road so people cycling in Britain are more at risk of being struck than in The Netherlands for example so helmets are essential in case an accident occurs. Cycling is a sport which is growing in Britain. Many people now ride for fun or competitively which is now making helmet use even more essential. Whether you are aspiring to be the next British cycling star, riding to get fit or to meet new friends you should wear a helmet, if you are going 1km or 200km you should wear a helmet! I hope this overwhelming evidence has persuaded you to buy a helmet if you don?t already have one. I acknowledge the opposing arguments such as: ?Helmets look ridiculous? or ?Cycling numbers will decrease? but at the end of the day helmets save lives and will continue to do so. In the end it is your decision but chose wisely! Just enjoy this unique and wonderful sport. ...read more.

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