So I read this at SFGate:
Getting a helmet onto a grown-up bicyclist’s head isn’t a no-brainer, even though the saving of brains is the idea.
A proposed state law that would require adult cyclists to wear helmets — as the law requires minors to do — is facing a bumpier reception than a mountain bike tire on a Mount Tam single track.
Last week, state Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge (Los Angeles County), introduced SB192, a bill requiring adult cyclists to wear helmets or pay a $25 fine. California would become the first state to require helmets for riders over 18.
Since 1994, California cyclists under 18 have been required to wear a helmet. The proposed law, in addition to extending that to all riders, would require riders to wear reflective clothing at night. According to Liu, 9 out of every 10 cyclists killed in crashes were not wearing helmets.
Liu’s nephew, Alan Liu, was killed in 2004 by a drunken driver while cycling in Sonoma County. He was wearing a helmet.
Big Sister is at it again, pushing the Nanny State deeper into our lives. So who gets paid? Some friends of Big Sister plan to make a lot of money from this.
During the Christmas of 1993 I was working at a major retailer. The new helmet law for kids was gonna take effect on January 1, 1994. Can you guess what one of our biggest sellers was?
Funny thing though, I don’t recall hearing about a major problem with kids getting head injuries from riding bikes. In fact, I never saw any statistics at all. But WE MUST PROTECT THE CHILDREN!!
Okay, so where did this 9 out of 10 figure come from? If 90% of bike riders aren’t wearing helmets, wouldn’t 9 out of 10 who get killed not be wearing helmets? How many of those deaths were due to head injuries?
How many bike riders are getting killed, total? How does that compare to the number of people who are riding bikes?
Has Senator Liu received any campaign donations from helmet manufacturers or retailers? Why did she suddenly decide to introduce this bill? Her nephew was killed 10 years ago, but he was wearing a helmet. Who is really behind this bill?
The same questions apply to the reflective clothing thing. Anyone riding a bike at night is already required to have lights and reflectors on the bike. So now they have to buy special clothing too?
Am I being cynical? You betcha!
What’s next? Joggers? Pedestrians? Drunks? People on exercise machines? Will Big Sis eventually make everyone go around wearing helmets? What about gloves and knee & elbow pads?
Will we have sleeping helmets too? I still have a knot on my head from my little sleepwalking incident.