Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

Bike helmets have their benefits

Letter writer Kevin Strickler says that requiring bicyclists to wear helmets will lead to fewer bikers ("Helmet laws will reduce number of bikers," Feb. 19). I say that not wearing helmets will reduce the number of bikers in a most unpleasant way — by more deaths on the road.

Using the same theory as Mr. Strickler proposes, not using car seat belts should reduce the number of drivers. Come to think of it this could be a most welcome result as there would then be more parking spaces and more room on the roads.

Wearing a helmet or a seat belt is, of course, pure common sense, a commodity in very short supply nowadays. And it does affect everyone in some way if he and his mentally challenged ideas are allowed to proliferate. For example, in an otherwise minor accident that would result in a few bruises if wearing a helmet, a rider could be killed or seriously injured or be brain damaged. This affects a lot of people, not least their spouses who could be ruined financially and their children who would have to grow up without a parent — and all of society who have to foot the bill for a brain-damaged person on life support and a non-functioning member of the workforce.

But to someone like Mr. Strickler and his ilk, these results are unimportant when weighed against his "personal liberties."

David Liddle, Pasadena

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Bike helmets: Put a lid on it

    Bike helmets: Put a lid on it

    Why is there any debate about requiring a simple step that will save lives and prevent injuries?

  • Bike safety requires more than helmets

    Bike safety requires more than helmets

    Although I always wear a helmet when bicycling, the feel-good bill to mandate adult bike helmets has flaws ("Helmet bill gets objections from bike advocates," Feb. 13). First, the bill would adversely impact the poor, minorities, and immigrants who don't own a car and depend upon their bicycle...

  • Bike helmets should be optional

    Bike helmets should be optional

    Having ridden bicycles since childhood, I prefer not to wear a bicycle helmet ("The bike helmet debate," Feb. 16. However, I would not want to discourage a rider who feels more secure in wearing one.

  • Motorcyclists share bicyclists' helmet concerns

    Motorcyclists share bicyclists' helmet concerns

    As a motorcyclist, I am always fascinated by the concerns of bicyclists as to helmets ("Helmet bills gets objections from bike advocates," Feb. 13). If you switched the mode of transportation, you would see the same arguments apply. Yet motorcyclists are not allowed the same opportunity afforded...

  • Helmet laws will reduce number of bikers

    Helmet laws will reduce number of bikers

    Baltimore has made a great deal of progress in making itself more bike friendly ("Cycling advocates fight proposed helmet law, preferring 'safety in numbers'" Feb 13). As a homeowner in Baltimore City, I enjoy the convenience of jumping on my bike to make short trips to run errands rather than...

  • Helmet-less cyclists come up lame

    Helmet-less cyclists come up lame

    I am a cyclist who has done big miles for a long span of years. I am also one who was hit from behind by a car in 2005, an accident which both projected me 85 feet into the air and required more than a year of recovery. I was lucky to survive and would not have, save for the helmet I was wearing....

  • Cycling advocates fight proposed helmet law, preferring 'safety in numbers'

    Cycling advocates fight proposed helmet law, preferring 'safety in numbers'

    State lawmakers considering requirement for all to wear protective headgear while biking

  • Bike helmets seem pretty reasonable

    Bike helmets seem pretty reasonable

    I was surprised there is opposition to requiring all bike riders wear helmets ("Helmet bill gets objections from bike advocates," Feb. 13). In my 2,500-pound car I must wear a seat belt and am surrounded by airbags. It is because people may be involved in accidents (by definition an unplanned event)...

Comments
Loading

86°