Comment 65668

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted July 06, 2011 at 18:11:43 in reply to Comment 65665

You don't wear oven mitts during every minute of cooking in your lifetime - only when you are putting yourself in a situation where you are susceptible to a specific danger for which oven mitts are designed to protect you.

A helmet is designed to protect you from low speed falls independent of another vehicle, so it is perfectly reasonable to support helmet use among children and beginner cyclists, or cyclists riding in a way that they increase their chances of a simple fall.

But just as a firefighter would not expect oven mitts to protect them from entering a burning building, we should not expect helmets to protect us in case of collisions with vehicles.

But rather than wearing full body armour, we should be preventing such collisions before they occur.

If helmets are to cyclists as oven mitts are to firefighters, then changing the laws and infrastructure to benefit cyclists could be thought of as cycling's smoke detectors...

... If only there was a way to squeeze one more level of analogy in there ;-)

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