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Speak Up: How Do You Feel About Wearing a Helmet While Bike Riding?

When I was a kid, there were no bike helmets – just wind in my hair. Unfortunately bike accidents can mean head injuries, and that's why helmets are encouraged today. Now that I'm a mom, I wouldn't think of letting my girls ride their bikes or trikes without a helmet. I must admit, I really use to despise wearing one myself. They're not very attractive and I felt like a helmet interfered with my sense of awareness. Now, I am totally used to the sensation of the helmet and really appreciate the little visor on the front of mine. How do you feel about wearing a helmet while bike riding? Are there any laws in your town about bike helmets? Do you think everyone should wear one all the time, or maybe only on certain roads? Should helmets only be for children? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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iheartkerning iheartkerning 8 years
this is necromancy, but I'd like to add my two cents: I don't care if people think I look dorky, I'm gonna wear my helmet and laugh as I pass them going 30 mph on my road bike.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Seriously, WHERE are the non-dorky choices? There is this whole market for cool helmets and no one is stepping up. You *know* people would pay more for a stylish helmet. :true: I am actually considering getting myself an equestrian helmet for riding my bike.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I never did when I was younger and I can't say I would now.
Luckyslushy Luckyslushy 9 years
Now I am encouraged to buy one! My commute is super short, but I do always feel nervous riding without one. What should you look for when purchasing a helmet & how much do they typically cost?
emalove emalove 9 years
It's a necessity, in my opinion.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
i'm a cyclist, and obviously wear a helmet when i go out...i ride for a couple hours at a time, on busy roads...and when i was out the other day i saw a guy on a busy country road without one, going about 40km/hour...i was shocked!
PammyLZ PammyLZ 9 years
I started wearing one last year, and now I'm trying to get my mom to wear one as well. I use to ride my bike on my lunch break at my last job. And well, the people who pull out of the McDonalds drive-thru are too distracted with stuffing their face with french fries to notice me on my bike on the sidewalk. So, after almost having some dude run me over with his F250... I opted for a helmet. What gets me, is that there are "grown-ups" looking at me like I'm a dweeb when I ride my bike with my helmet. You would think that by now, those "grown-ups" would have come to appreciate the safety factor.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
Who cares what you look like when you bike? The choice between looking geeky and preventing your head from splitting open seems pretty obvious to me...
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
Hell yeah I wear my helmet! I sometimes go over 20 miles an hour on my road bike, can you imagine if I fell off and hit my head? But really, it is up to individuals to wear a helmet. Personally I think its stupid when people refuse to wear them because they look bulky or dorky. That thing saves lives! Even if you're just commuting or going on a leisurely ride. You never know what can happen.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
After reading some of the responses I noticed a lot of you think its ok to not wear a helmet on the road with CARS, but wear one on the trail. Riding with cars in the street is the most dangerous thing to do. If you don't like the way a helmet feels then go to a bike shop and try them on. Mines really cool and I don't feel dorky at all, and you shouldn't. To me its like not wearing your seatbelt when you drive. I feel uncomfortable not wearing one and unsafe. And who gives a hoot if you feel dorky, you aren't. Its not worth almost dying because an idiot ran a stop sign and slams their truck fender into your head.
killertomato killertomato 9 years
My boss and his wife were riding their bikes in a state park in RI. Not even on a street, in a state park. Single file. A guy who was high on prescription medicine ran them both down. My bosses' wife was trapped underneath the car with her bike and dragged down the road. She was unconscious for two days. If she hadn't been wearing a helmet she would be dead or a vegetable. She has made a fairly miraculous recovery, although she had to have a lot of surgery and rehab and spent four months out of work. I wouldn't consider riding without a helmet.
kraken kraken 9 years
I really don't see what's so bad about wearing a helmet. I wear one all the time when I ride - whether I'm biking to commute in traffic, or cycling on a completely empty flat bike trail, I always wear it. Honestly, no one looks at a person wearing a bike helmet and thinks 'wow, what a dork' - they think 'oh, it's a person who rides their bike'. And if they did think you were a dork, well, the things that people think stay inside their head anyway. I just don't see why it's so embarrassing. Might as well start putting a social stigma on seatbelts. Just put on the damn helmet already, you know? If you get splattered all over the road, you can't even be an organ donor.
kroqin kroqin 9 years
They are stupid ugly, but I would never ride without one. It's just not worth the risk.
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
Hell yes I wear a helmet, even for a 3-minute ride to get groceries. It's the law in NYC, though not very strictly enforced. I'll take the dorkiness and flattened bangs any day over having to explain the stupid vanity that landed me in a wheelchair.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
I'm not sure what the laws are, but I can't imagine NOT wearing a helmet. I actually know two people who got brain damage from being hit when not wearing a helmet. I mean, it's pretty much the end of your life. I don't get why someone wouldn't wear one?
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I've been riding my bike to work (Nashville), and even though though I look like a HUUUGE dork, I wear a helmet. As I kid, I NEVER wore one. Didn't even own one. But I lived in a teeny tiny town, that didn't have a stop light, or even caution lights! Not much traffic. We roamed all over town as kids, and our parents didn't have a worry. Actually most of our bike riding was done on our little street that had a grand total of 4 houses. It was perfect because it had a small hill & curve.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Growing up, we never wore helmets on our bikes. In fact, we didn't get helmets until we had a section on bike safety in school and convinced my mom and dad that we needed to get helmets for safety. I wore one when I was a kid, but now I rarely wear one because when I bike I bike on trails where there honestly isn't much danger of crashing. I know I SHOULD wear one, but I don't...I DO wear a helmet all the time when I get on my motorcycle though.
ebgirl ebgirl 9 years
I feel nerdy wearing one, but I wear one anyone...ALWAYS. I know too many people who avoided serious injuries because they had their helmet on, so I don't want to tempt fate.
jconcep jconcep 9 years
a friend of mine's father is a paraplegic from a bike riding accident. he used to ride his bike everywhere and if he was not wearing a helmut, is injuries could have been much much worse. this is only one reason why i wear a helmut. the second, i guess, is from dating cyclists. i've witnessed many wipe outs and flips on bikes, as well as a few cracked helmets.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Speaking from personal experience...if I ever ride a bike again (and that's a big IF)...I will most certainly wear a helmet. I was in a serious bike accident when I was younger, and a helmet would've prevented the severe concussion I sustained (I lost about 15-20 recollection whatsoever). It wouldn't have prevented the numerous bumps and scrapes and breaks on the rest of my body but it would've prevented the severity of the concussion, as well as half my face being scraped off in the process ;)
lolababy575 lolababy575 9 years
I bike commute as soon as the weather permits. That's at least two hours on my bike each day (it's a long ride to campus!). I always wear a helmet - let's be honest, wearing a helmet is common sense. Especially if you are biking anywhere near cars/traffic. Yeah, it might not help you look like a supermodel, but it's protecting your brain (and that is something I value more than my looks). Also, I'm really surprised that no one brought up bike LIGHTS. Where I live, if you are riding and it is dark (sunset to sunrise) you need to have two lights - a front light and a back light. I have a really bright, constant front light and a blinking red back light. I feel so much better with a helmet and my lights.
funkygeorge funkygeorge 9 years
btw I always follow the rules of the road and the times I was hit were not my fault. It was the fault of the drivers not bothering to pay attention to what was around them.
funkygeorge funkygeorge 9 years
I live in Toronto which is an incredibly dangerous city for bikers. I used to ride my bike to work occasionaly and I was hit by cars three times! Now I don't really ride. Even wearing a helmet I don't feel safe.
kia kia 9 years
I advocate for the helmet every single time. If it keeps your noggin' from cracking like and egg then it is worth it.
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