Re: [messengers] Cycling Without a Helmet

Date: 16 Jan 2010 00:13:42 +0100
From: eoin mcnulty-goodwin <eoinmcnultygoodwin@xxxxxxxxx>


bike helmets make baby jesus cry....... x

On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM, Michael Dodd <mikeydodds@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I agree with the use of helmets especially when  it comes to working and
> yes
> wearing a bike helmet does occasionally save lives.
>
> The problem with Australia and New Zealands mandatory helmet laws are that
> they stopped people from riding bikes.
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 3:03 PM, Austin Bauman <
> austin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> > helmet saved me yesterday.  Frame broke while I was riding.  I went
> > over the front and dug into the ground head first.  If it weren't for
> > the helmet, it would have been a lot worse ... (or if I had been
> > naked).
> >
> > Pics:
> >
> > http://musiccitycycling.us/comments.php?DiscussionID=76&page=1#Item_0
> >
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 9:39 PM, Michael Dodd <mikeydodds@xxxxxxxxx>
> > wrote:
> > > *I* think the sydney morning herald are turning into the good guys....
> > >
> > >
> >
> http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/never-mind-the-nudity-wheres-your-bike-helmet-20100113-m6xo.html
> > >
> > > *"Cathy Duder, the New Zealand police officer who stopped two naked
> > cyclists
> > > at the flashy beach resort of Whangamata just before Christmas, let
> them
> > off
> > > with a warning - not about the nudity but about the lack of protective
> > > clothing on their heads.*
> > >
> > > *On the nudity front she was blase. "They were more shocked than I,"
> she
> > > mused, though that's a little hard to swallow. The chaps were sober,
> > after
> > > all, and must have known they were laying bare their privates for
> > scrutiny.
> > > Yet the senior constable dismissed the nakedness as an innocent bid for
> > > ''total freedom''. The absence of headwear, though, that was serious.*
> > >
> > > *The incident shows how eccentric NZ really is. I mean yes, it adds
> > piquancy
> > > to the field of bike-seat erotica, from Alexander Waugh's observation
> > that
> > > his great-grandfather Alfred was obsessed by "pretty girls on bicycles"
> > to
> > > Paul Keating's preferred pejorative for investigative journalists as
> > > "bicycle-seat sniffers". Globally, though, it must principally be seen
> as
> > a
> > > good fashion opportunity squandered, since cycling, you may have
> noticed,
> > is
> > > suddenly chic.*
> > >
> > > *This isn't just about the purist fixies (those uber-primitive bikes
> > without
> > > gears or brakes derived from New York's West Indian courier tribes)
> > versus
> > > sedate '60s ladies' bikes that now, renovated, outsell new ones.
> Suddenly
> > > there is a whole new world of cycle fashionistas - clothes, bags,
> > > accessories for self and bike including handlebar cup holders.*
> > >
> > > *Helmets, however, are decidedly uncool. Many argue helmets save lives.
> > But
> > > the opposing arguments are equally numerous and, actually, pretty
> > plausible.
> > > Not only are proper randomised studies hard to come by - like, where
> are
> > the
> > > volunteers? There are also unanswered questions about how helmets
> modify
> > > cyclists' behaviour, making them less likely (some say more) to take
> > risks.
> > > Or how helmet-wearing relates to personality type and gender (the
> > causality
> > > here being reversed).*
> > >
> > > *But the point really is this. Countries with highest bike use and no
> > helmet
> > > laws also have fewest bike fatalities - Denmark and the Netherlands
> being
> > > the most obvious. Copenhagen initiated the Slow Bicycle Movement, the
> > > non-lycra approach to cycling. There, 37 per cent of commutes and a
> > > staggering 55 per cent of all trips are by bike. In Sydney, where
> > cyclists
> > > are routinely spat on and abused, it's more like 1 per cent, but
> rising.*
> > >
> > > *In London I used to cycle everywhere, not at first from choice -
> though
> > it
> > > did prove addictive - but because driving was like pushing slugs
> through
> > > mud, and the alternatives even more disgusting. I'm saddened to report
> I
> > > never cycled nude, or for that matter helmeted, but I did do it in
> peach
> > > suede stilettos, long diamante earrings, houndstooth miniskirt,
> fur-lined
> > > mittens and ankle-deep snow, sometimes all at once. Only for the snow
> was
> > I
> > > stopped by police.*
> > >
> > > *No such nonsense in Sydney. Arriving here we were advised to quit
> > cycling,
> > > much as they tell you to move to the burbs to procreate. (Why children
> > have
> > > this special claim to mind-numbing boredom I've never understood
> although
> > > perhaps, again, the causality is inverted; it's the tedium that aids
> > > conception.)*
> > >
> > > *"Nup," they shook their heads sagely. "No one cycles here. London,
> sure,
> > > people have manners. Not here. Much too dangerous." And for a while -
> OK,
> > a
> > > decade - I caved in. Sold the bike, played safe. As a mother you feel
> > > obliged to stay more or less alive.*
> > >
> > > *Now I've thought again. Not about survival, about cycling. And not
> just
> > as
> > > exercise - twice round the park with the lycra legions then
> > fossil-fuel-it
> > > home for breakfast - but as transport. I like streets, real world,
> > feeling
> > > purposeful. I also like those little bike-logos, strewn round the
> streets
> > > like welcome mats. They change nothing, legally, except how it feels on
> > that
> > > fragile, whizzy machine. And, it finally dawned, only if people do it,
> > will
> > > people do it.*
> > >
> > > *Plus - and this is key - it's fun. Exhilarating, even, to arrive at
> the
> > > opera or the formal meeting with raised pulse, no parking worries and
> > zero
> > > emissions. It has a rakish, adventurous quality - not nude, but close.*
> > >
> > > *Imagine my surprise then to be recently stopped by police. Not for
> being
> > > nude (which I wasn't) or even for riding on a footpath without
> > appropriate
> > > signage (which I was). "We're cracking down on cyclists without
> helmets,"
> > > said the coppers, writing my details into their notebooks.*
> > >
> > > *A true road warrior would have checked their credentials. How did I
> know
> > > they even were cops, not petrol-head thugs on a road-rage revenge
> binge?
> > But
> > > I was fully occupied not coming back with some kind of kamikaze quip.
> > > "Cracking down, officer? On cycling without helmets? You kidding me?
> What
> > > about cracking down on our third-generation neighbourhood smack dealers
> > over
> > > there? Or the local housebreaking fraternity?"*
> > > *The best way to encourage cycling is enhancing safety, but the best
> way
> > to
> > > do that is to increase numbers. Circular argument. Fining cyclists
> won't
> > > help. Cycle lanes will (instead of promises); stopping the
> gas-and-telco
> > > guys leaving long, tyre-grabbing road scars; smoothing kerb crossings
> > that
> > > are routinely the size of the Tamarama escarpment; giving priority at
> > > lights. Then maybe your standard cyclists will behave more like homo
> > sapiens
> > > and less like, well, Tony Abbott. But next time you're tempted to nude
> > > highway cycling, remember, the roads are to share. Like the sign says.
> > Cover
> > > your load. Fines apply. Mine eyes dazzle"*
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