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Liam Keenan cred­its his $700 moun­tain­bik­ing hel­met and safety gear for sav­ing him from more se­ri­ous in­juries.

As it is, he is now fac­ing life in a wheelchair af­ter dam­ag­ing his spine when he crashed from his bike at the top of the Sky­line track in Queen­stown about a month ago. But he is right. A se­ri­ous head in­jury would have made things even worse for him.

Which makes me won­der why some peo­ple still have is­sues with wear­ing hel­mets.

I’m not sure what is more dumb - rid­ing a bike with­out a hel­met or rid­ing with your hel­met on - but un­done, with straps flap­ping on the sides. I’m pretty sure it must be the lat­ter.

And it amazes me that par­ents send their chil­dren off to school on scoot­ers with­out a hel­met.

Fi­nally, there are still a few who choose not to wear hel­mets on the ski slopes. It’s not just for safety, you know. There’s noth­ing bet­ter than a snug­gly warm hel­met wrapped pro­tec­tively around your nog­gin.

Deb­bie Jamieson

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