College of Emergency Medicine debate ends with call for compulsory helmets for child cyclists
18.09.09 by Buffalo Bill
Two serious collisions involving cyclists and lorries in 2 days. (The 2nd took place in South London, at Poynders Road roundabout, not clear as to the extent of the injuries to cyclist [see comment 4 below for more details]). Meantime, the College of Emergency Medicine has debated whether children should forced to wear helmets when cycling. And voted overwhemingly in favour, according to this Telegraph report.
The pro-helmet lobby will doubtless use this ‘success’ to press the case for legislation.
On the other hand, we have these more moderate comments:
Robert Gifford, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, … …said: “I think the Government is right to encourage voluntary wearing of helmets. A helmet will protect you if you are riding off road – it is not going to protect you if you are hit by a car which is going too fast.”
A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) said: “At this stage, we don’t think a law would be practical or enforceable. There is also the outstanding question whether making helmets compulsory would just put people off cycling, which would not be a good thing.”
Let’s be clear: if you get run over by a lorry, a helmet will not save your head. Emma Foa was wearing a helmet when she was killed; so was
the cyclist that was killed 2 years ago on Brixton Hill.
Comprehensive round-up of the helmet thing on road.cc.
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