Posts Tagged ‘helmets’

Irrational and Inconsistent

August 25, 2009

I have been riding motorcycles for over twenty years.  I always wear a helmet.  I have never had an accident. (OK,  in my first year of riding,  I dropped the bike once, on loose gravel, starting up from a stop sign, turning right.  I don’t count that.  I didn’t say, I never dropped the bike!)  I am well aware of the danger of head injuries caused when a persons head comes into contact with pavement, even at relatively low rates of speed.  I know people who have died, and others who have sustained serious injury, because they were not wearing a helmet.  I do not want to join those statistics.

I recently started riding a bicycle around town.  My town is rather small, about two miles square, and you can get anywhere in town on a bike, pretty quickly.  I have also started to include bicycling as a part of my exercise routine. 

I had never wore a helmet on a bicycle. 

That is irrational and inconsistent.

I can wipe out on a bicycle, just like I could have an accident on a motorcycle.  The sidewalk or the pavement are equally hard, and as I said earlier, you don’t have to be going very fast. 

I grew up riding bicycles without a helmet.  It has never been a problem. 

After it is a problem, it is too late to don the helmet. 

Sigh…

Yesterday, for the first time I wore a bicycle helmet while riding.  I plan to make it a habit.  I really don’t want to be irrational and inconsistent.

I really, really, don’t want a head injury caused by thinking it couldn’t happen to me.