The utility cyclist wrote:What effort do British Cycling bring to increasing cycling safety, IFAICT they have actually made matters worse with their noddy hat rules and ignorance. They certainly don't do anything of note to make the roads themselves safer by doing much in the way of lobbying parliament.
They don't do much of anything really apart from increasing helmet sales and riskier cycling by their members at non racing events, which are really down to BCs adoption of blanket helmet rules, this then excludes many who wish to cycle helmet free (or are forced to wear to take part, just like kids cycle training in fact) and also put off many cyclists after their first taste because of the aforementioned wannabe strava @@@@@@s/weekend warriors/club cyclists increased risk taking/racer boy attitudes.
As a CUK member I don't want BC anywhere near us, they are insidious, offer nothing for making cycling safer and IMO have done more damage to cycling in the last 20 years than they have improved, by a distance.
You choose not to wear one and that's your choice others choose to wear one and that's their choice.You don't see helmet wearers constantly bleating on about it or trying to shoe-horn it in at every opportunity.Give it a rest
You seem to imply that those who choose to wear a helmet are somewhat lesser cyclists for it.I tend to find the exact opposite.
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Lesser cyclists, given what we know, yes, on average helmet wearing cyclists are worse in attitude, worse in safety and contribute to the negative fallout simply by the fact others wear a helmet.
British Cycling also contribute massively to the negative fallout from helmet wearing, as do the UCI, governments that make it compulsory, organisations like the EU road safety commission that push helmet wearing in children, adults as a solution to the deaths and injuries of vulnerable road users.
Does that make my stance a bit clearer for you?
As for bleating on about helmets, I think you'll find the pro helmet people who start the argument/discussion off 999999/1000000, they come out to spout unproven anecata and scenarios that make no sense and are illogical in conclusion in their quest to push for 'helmet wearing good'. Yes there was that one old boy whom you encountered, as rare as rocking horse poop. The little chat/advice and you made a mountain out of a molehill. other helmet wearers also chimed in here getting all agitated and were saying what they would like to do to someone voicing their opinion, their immediate thoughts outed their anger and willingness to physically assault someone because they had an opinion which was alluded to by one despite their later protestations.
That's what happens when you tell helmet wearers/pro helmet people about their choice, you get threats, you get people ridiculing you, you get exclusion, you even get people saying they'd like to assault you for simply saying what you think is best and even more sick mentions of your family should you die.
Funny how you said the after chat was calm and yet you used the extremely angered emoticon in your paragraph and were clearly extremely perturbed that someone had had the temerity to say your son he could cycle without a helmet.
it would be better for you, better for your son, better for me if you did the right thing and gave up wearing helmets, you both contribute in a small way to the negative outcomes, for yourselves individually and for society as a whole. British Cycling are one of the root causes of those negatives as I said, if there were no insistence for racing and the rides that they back etc, the garbage that gets spouted from pro helmet/helmet wearers would be massively less, we'd have more people cycling, more people alive/not injured on our roads, more focus on that which actually harms cyclists. The focus on helmets masks that massively which has a far worse outcome for everyone.[Mod: edited to depersonalise - please keep points general and not aimed at individuals as that will only get people's backs up and turn debate into bad tempered argument and name calling]