I’m not anti-helmet. I don’t have any problems with people who wear helmets. I’ve never tried to convince anyone not to wear a helmet. I own a helmet. I even wear a helmet once in a while.
I believe in wearing safety equipment appropriate for the activity, and some types of cycling are inherently more dangerous than others. Cycling in heavy or high-speed traffic, mountain riding, or competitive cycling would probably all convince me to wear a helmet. But I don’t consider my typical riding habits to be a risky activity. It’s not extreme or high-paced, and I don’t feel the need for safety equipment.
Plus, like Dottie, I love the feeling of the wind blowing through my hair, and wearing a helmet would rob me of this beautiful pleasure.
Yes, I know that people die while riding bicycles. Yes, I’ve heard the stories of strange accidents on recreational trails that may have been prevented with a helmet. No, I don’t dispute studies that show that cyclists wearing helmets are less likely to die from head trauma than cyclists without helmets. No, I don’t think I’m invincible. Yes, I’ve been hit by a car before. Yes, I realize that nasty accidents can happen when you least expect them to – even when you’re being extremely careful.
Still, I don’t feel compelled to wear a helmet when I’m riding slowly on recreational trails with very limited interaction with cars.
Some of you are thinking, “That’s stupid. You’re gonna risk splattering your brains because you want to feel wind in your hair???”
Yes. I hardly consider it a greater risk than not wearing a helmet while riding in a car. I know many of you will disagree with me, which is fine.
I’m following the Danish model of cycling, where everyone rides a bike, nobody wears a helmet, and nobody considers cycling a risky activity.