Our readers need to know that we are sharply divided on the use of bicycle helmets here at the more bicycle friendly of the town’s two leading libraries. Certain members of the staff, shameless proponents of the Nanny State, clearly lean towards imposition of a helmet requirement for cyclists. The Library’s helmet-heads, speed demons to a person, unwittingly ally themselves with the absurdly large share of the population who perceive bicycling to be innately dangerous rather than innately helpful and uneventful. It is sad. The more thoughtful contingent continue to assert their rights to travel at a moderate pace, eschewing the spandex ‘n’ smurf fashion statement so prized by the country’s film producers and orthopedic surgeons. Stacked readers need to look into the bicycle safety records of the Netherlands and Denmark where moderate-speed, helmet free bicycling reigns supreme and think about attitudes in America, a country so given to health hysteria that it sentences half its boy children to Ritalin and spawns new food allergies hourly.