(Photos: Amsterdamize, Flickr, October 2010)
...& so said a very irate bystander at the Canberra Punk Commute last Wednesday after I had explained what we're all about:
Gent: you're very irresponsible - everyone knows helmets save lives
Moi: many academics are divided on this issue
Gent: not the good ones! & anyway I know because I can see I would cycle more than you a week so I'm in a position to comment
Moi: hmmmn that could be debatable - how many kms do you cycle in your week?
Moi: I cycle at least 100km
Gent: well that's irrelevant
Moi: how's that irrelevant when you raised it as a matter in the first place to prove your expertise and therefore your right to comment so categorically?
Gent: well...anyway I've been cycling longer than you...and always with a helmet
Moi: no way - helmet laws were enacted only 20 years ago - why would you wear one before? & anyway I've been on a bike for more than 50 yrs
Gent: not possible! (I ♥ that 'gent')
Moi: yes - started off as a baby on the back of my parents bicycles in Holland
Gent: hope they put a helmet on you
Moi: no - no-one wore them!!
Gent: well your parents were really irresponsible!!!!! - luckily today parents are more careful and we don't see them on the roads anymore!!!!!!!
Moi: families of all ages cycle everywhere in the Netherlands & without helmets
Gent: the whole nation is irresponsible - they should be banned!!!!!!
Ha! Ha! Ha!...but OMG...really I feel like screaming & running...this country is unbelievable!...
What to do?