On April 23rd my life was nearly ended. All by a driver who did not look where he was going. The accident was not my fault. I was being a safe cyclist.
Cycle helmets in this country as it stands are not a legal requirement. They are listed in the Highway Code as a "should" and not a BOLD "MUST".
This means there is no requirement of cyclists to wear one.
Unfortunately this is not sensible. The government expects us to use the roads, as it says we shouldn’t use footpaths that have no cycle lanes.
Yet even though we are to cycle on the road, we are treated as a pedestrian and no safety law for our head is not enforced.
During my accident I was fortunate that my helmet took all the damage. It gained 4 clean cracks and 2 large dents. That could have been my skull. I suffered whiplash the day after, so I know it was significant.
I have heard to many stories all saying the same thing, my helmet saved my life.
It doesn’t matter how safe you cycle. All it takes is one driver of a vehicle to rush around and then that will be the end of your life.
I nearly died, it wasn’t my fault. Thankfully my helmet saved my life.
Please sign this petition, to make the government make our roads safer.
- The Department for Transport; UK Government
Make Cycle Helmets a legal requirement for UK cyclists
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