Before you comment that I’m being irresponsible for saying that every single person who rides a bike should have the choice whether they wear a helmet or not, I’d like to make the point that YOU are irresponsible for advocating for strict bike helmet laws and not helmet laws for drivers, car passengers, and pedestrians – all of whom suffer traumatic head injuries (as do alarmingly high numbers of people using stairs and taking showers).
Let’s get this out of the way first: I wear a bike helmet. I think everyone should wear a helmet, including car drivers and pedestrians, who both have a tendency to go through windshields and suffer severe head injuries when involved in a crash. But the only drivers I know that wear helmets are professional racers, and as Doug Gordon noted in a tweet,“When a NASCAR driver crashes, no one uses the event to admonish ordinary motorists to wear a helmet.”
Yet after Annemie van Vleuten crashed in the Olympic road race, there was a whole lot of helmetsplaining on twitter from people who suggested that this is “proof that every cyclist should wear a helmet.”
What do you think? Why is there such a logical inconsistency in the conversation about bike helmets? If someone is going to be advocating for head safety if there’s even the smallest chance of an injury, then we can’t confine the conversation to just bikes.
Leave you thoughtful opinion below. If you can’t discuss this like a rational adult, then your comments will be deleted.