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Old 06-06-2007, 02:14 PM
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I just think this bicycle helmet law is getting crazy. I live in a calm quiet residential neighborhood, sometimes I take my 1yr old son for walks around the block. What cracks me up, is I will see grown adults casually riding bikes around wearing helmets?? I just don't understand it, and for the kids I can understand to a point but man o' man come on. We used to ride bikes all my childhood with no helmets and act crazy, I can not remember one kid splitting his head open or anything. Maybe some banged up knees or elbows. I don't know maybe its just me but it seems a bit ridiculous........
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Just another example of folks not being responsible for their own actions.

Someone gets hurt, then sues the bike mfg and the neighborhood HOA for not having a rule.

If they are wearing a helmet and YOU stare at them, then they loose control and wreck, they sue will YOU for staring.

Don't get me stated.

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Old 06-06-2007, 02:30 PM
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Sheep, bloody mindless sheep is all I can say.

But I guess there is a lot of truth to what Steve said as well!
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I don't wear a helmet. And I never did as a kid. My wife freaks on the kids when they don't wear a helmet. I look the other way and don't worry too much. Until this past spring. Lost a neighborhood kid, and good friend's son, to a head injury fallin off a bike. Changes your perspective.

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Complicated subject. I used to ride and race quite a bit. I wore it almost always even on solo training rides. Never needed it but glad I had it based on a few wrecks I was witness to... Almost all the guys I rode with wore them all the time. Mandatory in races of course.

For a leisurely spin around the 'hood, I probably wouldnt, but in ANY kind of traffic it is foolish not to wear it.

BTW my brother had a concussion as a kid from titting a curb, so it does happen.

If someone doesnt want to wear it on 'big brother' grounds, then they should first sign a waiver declining subsidized ambulance/rescue/indigent care and affirming they have health insurance to cover it so the rest of us dont get the bill.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:54 PM
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After having our first child, I made the decision that I was going to wear a PFD and use the kill switch when on the boat underway. With the kid, without the kid -- always. Not because it's the law, but because (1) I know it's safer, (2) I hope it will set a good example for the kid and lessen any future complaints about wearing his PFD and (3) I really couldn't come up with a good reason not to do both -- other than I had never done it before, it's looks goofy and I knew I would get some jokes about it. I boat in an area with a large group of friends that all grew up boating -- noone wears a PFD or uses their kill switch.

You wouldn't imagine the looks I get and jokes from friends. I could care less.

I imagine the adults wearing a helmet in your neighborhood might feel the same way.

If you don't like the law, write someone who can do something about it -- but what do you care if these folks wear helmets? Are you that easily offended?
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As to Sal's comment, I had a friend growing up whose Dad commuted by bike. He essentially rear-ended a UPS truck, wasn't wearing a helmet and luckily survived. This accident happened within a block of his house -- so it could have been a casual ride in the neighborhood. However, he was unable to work for years and it nearly destroyed that family of about 7 kids. The doctors said it all could have been prevented if he was wearing a helmet. Say what you want about a law, but to make fun of anyone who chooses to wear a helmet is juvenile.
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I remember about 20 years ago visiting my grandmother in the nursing home. On the first floor was a group of about 30 younger people lined up in wheel chairs in front of the TV. I was told by a staff member that they were all there with head injuries. It happens more often than you would think. We just don't see the injured out in public. I don't bike much anymore, but whenever I do, I wear a helmut.
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Goosedog, no I'm not offended at all. I just think is the flat out crazy, for a 45 yr old to be wearing a bicycle helmet riding around the block!! I just think is a over protective law. Do what ya like and like what you do, to each his own. Stop all this craziness folks!! Also it is only a law for the kids..........just my .02
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What cracks me up is many states require them for kids on bikes, but adults on motorcycles, they don't need'em
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I think it is out of control and just another way to protect stupid people from themselves.

Yes Garett, sadly enough that is the direction we are headed.
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I'll derail the thread. Ktrain. What are the two boats on the background of your sig pic? Judge and Whaler?
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I only wear a helmet if I have had more than 8 beers.
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Ktrain - 6/6/2007 3:11 PM

Also it is only a law for the kids..........

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. . . just another way to protect stupid people from themselves.
That's an interesting take on it.
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KJS - 6/6/2007 3:19 PM

I only wear a helmet if I have had more than 8 beers.
If we really want to discuss a crazy law: DUI on a bike (with or without helmet).

After I turned about 14, I thought this was the only reason adults owned or rode bikes.
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:32 PM
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You really don't have to wear a bicycle helmet for a casual ride, we really do need more organ donors. Or you could fall and crack your head open and become a drooling vegetable.

Never used to wear a helmet, got in the habit when I started mountain biking and now I always wear one. IMO it is cheap insurance.
Besides who goes out for a ride and says to themselves " I am going to fall today and hit my head".
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I always wear a helmet. I don't want to hear my daughter say "why do I have to wear one and you don't".

I am an avid mountain biker and obviously wear one when out in the woods. A friend was taking a leisurely ride in the neighborhood many years ago when a car backed out of a driveway and nailed him. You just never know when it will happen. He is OK but it was pretty ugly.

Goosedog's comment above regarding PFD's makes me feel like a hypocrite as my 14 year old always wears one but I do not. Something to consider.
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You really don't have to wear a bicycle helmet for a casual ride, we really do need more organ donors. Or you could fall and crack your head open and become a drooling vegetable.

Never used to wear a helmet, got in the habit when I started mountain biking and now I always wear one. IMO it is cheap insurance.
Besides who goes out for a ride and says to themselves " I am going to fall today and hit my head".
Why not wear one when you go for a walk, after all you could get hit by a car, or you could trip and fall and crack your head open?

Why not wear a face shield when fishing, after all you could slip on deck and get a black eye, or a hook could swing out of control and take out your eye?

Why even go outside at all, a Piano could fall out of a Fedex plane and crush you to death?

Wait, do not stay inside, your house may have asbestos and you could be about to incur a slow painful death.

Why type a response, you could get carpal tunnel syndrome from typing?

Lets keep the government out of parenting and let the parents decide what is best for their kids.
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I agree there should not be a law against it.
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Old 06-06-2007, 04:00 PM
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I don't think any of us would disagree that outlawing bicycles would greatly reduce the number of bicycle related injuries or requiring drivers to wear helmets in cars would reduce the number of head injuries in automobile accidents. The arguement comes when we try and draw the line for someone else.
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