Psamathe wrote: pjclinch wrote:
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Perhaps, and this is just an idea, CUK could present the information and let us adults make up our own minds? I don't see why they have to take a stance on something that isn't obligatory, and which has no immediate prospect of becoming so.
That would be what the CUK Helmet Briefing
is for. And whether you read it or not CUK appear to be quite on board with you making up your own mind.
I think they are right to take a stance because the general public's assumed knowledge of the matter is out of step with the evidence. Cycle helmets are peripheral to cycle safety, but on the ground you could be forgiven that "cycle safety" and "helmet wearing" are practically interchangeable.
I would agree they should take a stance but I think they should pursue their stance more than I believe they do. I appreciate "limited resources", etc. but it is becoming more pernicious, more and more schools introducing "policies" and nobody contesting the basis for those decisions.
I think we're in Furious Agreement here, but the reality on the ground is that so many people "know" helmets are Wonderful that suggesting otherwise is heresy and you'll be dismissed out of hand if you try. I've been playing this game for about 15 years now, and whatever you do is wrong because you're trying to implement a fundamental cultural change which starts off by requiring people to admit that what they firmly believe isn't nearly as black and white as they thought.
Because for Joe & Jane Public "cycle safety" and "wearing helmets" are broadly interchangeable, an organisation that keeps saying that that's not the case is risking dismissal in to irrelevance, because they're "obviously" nutters. Another side of this is the misunderstanding that not
going on about helmets is the elephant in the room, so Chris Boardman does a piece for TV about something useful and after the piece is shown the presenter ignores everything they've just been told and starts off with, "But Chris, you weren't wearing a helmet"...
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