Wanlock Dod wrote:Quite so.
We don’t expect women to protect themselves from dangerous rapists.
We don’t expect folk in London to protect themselves from dangerous attackers with knives.
We don’t expect American school children to protect themselves from dangerous gunmen.
Why therefore do we expect people riding bikes to protect themselves from dangerous drivers?
But there is no protection from dangerous drivers,by their very nature they are dangerous.A helmet has little proven protection above 12mph,hiviz can itself,as can wearing black,be more difficult to see in some situations,but so can any colour if motorists aren't paying due care and attention to their driving and the road on which they're on.
The problem is the enforcement of traffic law which is scant at best and none existant at worst,worst being more than likely.Add to that over lenient penalties and courts not willing to hand down maximum penalties even when they can and we have what we have,a free for all lawless road system where the vulnerable and particularly cyclists are often are treated with the most appalling lack of respect,even being blamed for just being on the road and not paying their way to be there at all.
The problem is societal,ingrained and has been for a long time.
EDIT,With that backdrop steps forward someone has the bright idea that the UK take away cyclist's freedom by imposing a ban on the wearing of helmets or hi viz in the belief that not only will it increase cycling but save the NHS a fortune.