To Reject Calls for Compulsory Helmet Laws
  • Petitioned The National Federation of Women's Institutes

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The National Federation of Women's Institutes

To Reject Calls for Compulsory Helmet Laws

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      Cycling Embassy of Great Britain

The undersigned call on the Women's Institute to reject Resolution 6 calling for compulsory helmet laws and to focus instead on creating conditions in which all members of society will feel safe and comfortable riding a bicycle

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    • John Somers CHESHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      While I now predominantly ride with a helmet (since 2007) I have ridden bicycles for 35yrs without having to and still do not like doing so.

      But with averaging >13,000 miles per year on a bike, due to the UK's farcical transport system and cruddy road maintenance policy I am statistically at greater risk of either being involved in an accident or falling off due to a road defect/defective road iron works, so now wear a helmet out of choice rather than legislation.

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    • Paul Blake LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I wear a helmet but occasionally choose not to, I want to keep that choice.

      Would prefer WI campaign for improved conditions for cyclists.

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    • Neil Thomson NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      There's far better things cycling related to campaign about!

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    • Simon Bird READING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Having compulsory helmets laws for cyclists is an over-reaction to the risk. If you wanted to prevent head injuries on a more at-risk group you would instead be calling for helmet compulsion for vehicle occupants.

      In addition the current testing requirements are a drop test at 12 miles/hour which in no way proves their usefulness in preventing injury across the range of speeds and ways in which head injuries do occur for cyclists.

      Helmets are useful in some cases BUT compulsion sends both the wrong message and would discourage would-be cyclists preventing the uptake of an activity that has real positive health benefits.

      The WI should be backing campaigns for Safer Streets and 20's plenty to have a greater all round impact on accident reduction.

      I know which propositions my late-mother (a WI member) would have insisted the WI supported.

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    • Terry Adams ROYSTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Wearing a helmet should always be a personal choice and not one forced upon cyclists by legislation.

      Better cycling provisions such as separated lanes/safer road conditions would do more to save lives/reduce injuries than helmets would.

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