Kai wrote:Since many car drivers aren't very fond of bike riders and like to show it in their driving style I am strictly wearing my helmet while biking. Even as my hair looks like Chip 'n' Chap's when I come to work.
This is a very important point (and one that laws overlook).
To me, there is a huge difference between a boy riding his bike around in front of the house, or even riding a few blocks over to his friends house, and someone riding for transportation (or, like I mentioned yesterday, doing stunts). As someone who occasionally does ride his bike to work (Tuesday was a beautiful day for it, though I have to be at work too early on Wed to be able to), I probably should wear my helmet more often.
I should probably start a new thread for this, but let me point out a few things that relate to this thread.
It's very hard to find facts on this topic, because most of them are either specialized (there is plenty of data available on bicycle injuries sustained in accidents involving cars), and because most other places seem to be cherry picking their data or giving 'facts' with no support or information from where those facts come.
What I can find is a place that says 'it is estimated' (though they don't say how, or by who) that 90% of all bicycle-related deaths are from collisions with motor vehicles, and that the average age for people who die from that situation is 41. It also says (once again without any kind of supporting citing) that, in 1997 (the only year they report, so it might not be representative), that less than 25 children (out of 225 total) died from bicycle accidents that did not involve a motor vehicle.
Looking at that data, I've decided to have a talk with my older boys about bicycle safety and sharing the road, and I'm going to talk with them about wearing helmets when they're biking for serious transportation (using main roads to get somewhere, as opposed to just riding up to the school or over the ridge). To show I'm serious, I'm going to stop and purchase a bike helmet of my own, for when I have the chance to ride to work.
Bicycle Crash Facts
Seriously, though - while my feelings agree with MM, and while I think the facts Pi Beta quote is one of those one in a million examples, and while I pulled (and survived) some pretty stupid stuff as a kid, I should point out that, when it happens to someone else - it's a statistic. When it happens to you, it's a tragedy. You can't wrap your kids in bubble wrap, and you shouldn't try, but you also have to balance fun and freedom with reasonable safety.