Wednesday, June 09, 2004

House of Commons debates - Friday, 23 April 2004 - Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill

House of Commons debates - Friday, 23 April 2004 - Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill.

Lots of debate between MPs here, some of which makes you wonder how old they are. Basically, this is a debate about a Private Member's Bill to make wearing of helmets while cycling compulsory for under 16s.

Personally, I always wear a helmet while riding my bike, but I'm sure this bill would have reduce participation in cycling in under 16s if made law. I'm also fairly sure it would be pretty difficult to enforce.

There are better ways of reducing road deaths among cyclists: traffic calming, awareness, tougher penalties for drivers and improved road layouts to name a few.

Do you wear a helmet while riding your bike? Do you support this bill? Would you support extending the bill to cover all cyclists?

3 comments:

Andrew Urquhart said...
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Andrew Urquhart said...

Damn, thought the anonymous white circle button would be an edit button not a delete button. Nasty interface design. Grrr!

Haven't read the linked page but I heard that the bill was unlikely to make it through to law due to one of those arcane House of Commons rules such as 'lack of parliamentary time'.

"Do you wear a helmet while riding your bike?"
Not yet but I plan to buy one in the next week or so.

"Do you support this bill?"
No. There has been quite of bit of material bounded around about this but I have no links at the moment. However, I believe that countering arguments have ranged from 'the disuasion to young people to ride a bike would lead to greater ill health through lack of exercise than that which is currently (but debatably) inflicted through not wearing a helmet', 'riding with a helmet induces a false sense of safety and has been shown to increase risk taking' and 'a helmet is unlikely to help significantly if you are hit by a road vehicle at speed'. Reminds me of this article: Polystyrene: the wonder material that can deflect speeding juggernauts

"Would you support extending the bill to cover all cyclists?"
No. Education of the benefits of cycle helmets in conjunction with road safety advice and free training where desired plus road improvement schemes and dedicated cycle routes would be more effective IMHO.

Andrew Urquhart said...

How do you edit a comment? I thought I'd made this link before but apparently not so here it is again: Polystyrene: the wonder material that can deflect speeding juggernauts