Lorraine Warren is the author of The UnCheshire Wife In the news recently there has been lots of discussion and debate about cyclists wearing helmets. Wear one/don’t wear one, would it be of benefit? Lorraine wants to bring her own personal story to your attention in the hope you might think twice about the importance of wearing a helmet when cycling.
I’ve known my husband for a long time. A year before we got together as a couple his 17-year-old daughter died in a road accident. She was coming home from a friend’s house and was knocked off her bicycle by a lorry.
She was on the inside of the lane, he took the slip road to his left, he didn’t see her, he didn’t indicate, she was knocked off her bike. She wasn’t wearing a helmet.
She had no visible injuries at all except for a minor scrape to her hand, but the bump to her head was fatal and after a week, the life support was switched off.
That was 20 years ago.
No one could say if a helmet would have saved her life but we think it could have, so having boys who love bikes you would think we were strict sticklers for a helmet. No, we are not.
When they were young they wore helmets all the time but as they grew into teens the helmets have generally been rejected. We have endured tears and upset trying to convince them to wear a helmet, but to no avail. They want to be like their friends despite knowing what happened to their sister .
I did some research looking for information but there are so many differing views. This is what The Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust promote:
The charity is a national resource working with parents, teachers, police, road safety officers, Government departments and healthcare professionals by promoting and providing educational programmes in schools on the need for helmet use and safer cycling practice throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
But it’s all so conflicting as I then read this from Britain’s biggest Pro-Cycling Charity CTC.
Roger Geffen, at the CTC, says: “The only known effect of helmet laws has been massive falls in cycle use – typically by over 30 per cent, with much steeper reductions among teenagers.”
I can see how that’s true, when we first took a stand about the helmets the boys just stopped riding their bikes.
Now they’re 25 and 13. I don’t know what the answer is, I just know Santa has delivered another bike this year as he has to hundreds of children across the country. I’d rather it came with a helmet law, what do you think?
You can find Lorraine on Twitter as @nortonmum she says – I have written about our experience due to recent events and discussions in the news regarding cyclists and helmets. I am Mum to a young teen, and blog about parenting from a mums view although often in funny poems.