Hel­mets needed on roads and bike paths

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters -

In a re­cent ar­ti­cle in the West Aus­tralian, WestCy­cle chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Ful­ton ex­plains how wear­ing a bike hel­met re­duces se­vere head in­juries and a lot more work needs to be done to build more in­fras­truc­ture and make rid­ing safer be­fore any con­sid­er­a­tion is given to vol­un­tary hel­met wear­ing.

I agree, hel­met wear­ing should be pro­moted.

I have been rid­ing for 10 years as a recre­ational rider in an over-50s club and one of the things I have found is it is gen­er­ally safer to ride in a group.

In our club we ride in sin­gle file and we are lucky that we use the back roads.

Many fa­tal ac­ci­dents hap­pen to lone rid­ers and gen­er­ally they are hit by a ve­hi­cle.

But the idea that “cy­cling down cy­cle paths in the hol­i­days en­joy­ing the weather and ex­er­cise is not dan­ger­ous” is far from the truth.

This is ex­actly when peo­ple need to be wear­ing a hel­met. Andy Whit­tell, Broad­wa­ter

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