We were happy to see another unhelmeted bicycle commuter this morning. We don’t use a helmet on our commute, and we don’t want you to either. The helmet business came about because of reckless mountain biking and the use of smallish-wheeled bicycles for extreme cycling. If you ride a bicycle to work, pedaling at a walk rather than a run, your helmet may actually do you harm. Drivers give wider berth to helmetless bikers than they do to spandexed and helmeted bikers. When Australian busybodies passed a helmet requirement law, bike riding plummeted. The countries with the highest rate of bicycle commuting and bicycle safety are Denmark and The Netherlands. Neither country requires helmets, and helmets are seldom seen there. We have noticed that the people who take us to task for our lack of a helmet tend to be inactive suburbanites who very much need to be burning calories. We also wear our business clothes on our commute. We have no need for the soon-to-be-built riverfront bicycle showers because we don’t work up a sweat on our commute. We have had no luck at all getting this point across to the Non Blogger who could easily pedal her three miles to get here but doesn’t because she doesn’t want to arrive in a lather.
Bicycling is not inherently dangerous. Intemperate high-speed cycling can be dangerous. Idiots on mobile telephones in gigantic vehicles are a peril to everyone, even the helmeted.
Next post: Cargo bikes and their use as book delivery vehicles.
– Nemo Wolfe