We should be made to wear helmets...

...oh no we shouldn't.

Bike helmets are in the news again. This time the New Scientist is reporting that a new study from an Australian mathematician has found that making helmet-wearing compulsory will cost the UK £0.4billion per year. Essentially, says Piet de Jong, make helmets compulsory, people will stop riding, and the NHS will spend more treating unhealthy people who would be healthy if they rode bikes. Or something.

And, this is what annoys me, I think I agree. I wear a helmet and my very own anecdotal evidence suggests that they do what they're supposed to. However, I hate the thought of being told that I have to wear one. If you're a grown up then you should be able to choose whether or not you put a lid on it. Of course, I'm also a hypocrite and although I'm all for freedom of choice when it comes to lids, I won't let my four year old on her dirt jump bike without a helmet...

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK
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