... bicycle helmet laws are bad for my health - & yours too!
Sorry for introducing you to The Oil Drum, Sue! ;)I think it is sobering reading indeed from minds who understand the energy industry and where we are truly heading... Other sites I enjoy, of which you may already be aware, include:www.kunstler.com/blog/ - his blog is particularly good. JHK wrote an excellent book called 'The Long Emergency' - highly recommended if you can find a copy.www.monbiot.com - George Monbiot's blog from the UK.James Howard Kunstler rides a bike everywhere and I'm sure would think our MHLs are a very bad idea if asked.I'm still not wearing a helmet, although I put one on when passing the constant police blockade on the main bike path into Brisbane - they'll be there until construction is complete to 'protect pedestrians and workers' from dangerous cyclists... by insisting I have a helmet. They don't enforce the posted speed limits in the construction area though... grrrr....Cheers,Paul MartinBrisbane, Australia
No worries - I'm glad you did - essential reading!!Thanks for other links too; i shall check them out (currently follow George Monbiot in the Guardian Weekly, and read his book HEAT a couple of years ago - very alarming)Sorry to hear about the 'brick wall' you encountered with your helmet matter - unblelievable!!!
A few months ago an aquaintance fell on his bike and landed in a coma. Everyone who told us about it made sure I heard he WAS wearing a helmet. Then I had this conversation with a friend:Friend: Why don't you wear a helmet?Me: I'm not convinced they really make any difference, and I want people to see cycling is safe.Friend: But what about XXXX? He's in a coma now. So you should wear a helmet.Me: Er... he was wearing a helmet.Friend: Yes, but look how much worse it could have been if he wasn't.Me: Er...This from a very smart engineering student. Big Hemet have really done well.
Andy in Germany: your story defies belief! Our ridiculous blind faith in this protective concept (after all it's not much else) is ridiculous!!