- Kids and helmets
My lad won’t ride his bike without one. Sometimes if I’ve forgotten his when we are out somewhere he will refuse to ride his bike. It’s just become what he does, no big thing but if you ride your bike you wear a helmet. Why wouldn’t you? My two boys although younger than yours can fall off on the pavement, footpath or anywhere you by not fully paying attention, I’m sure the helmets have saved them a few grazes and scrapes. Are you a bad parent because yours didn’t wear them today…….nahPosted 4 years agoDuane…Member
When I was younger (up to about 15 or so), when I just used the bike to ride around to my mates houses, around parks etc etc, I hated riding with a helmet, to the extent where I would leave the house with it on to keep mum happy, and then stash it in the neighbours overgrown garden. Just wasn’t “cool”.
Since getting into “proper” MTBing (15 I think), I always ride with a helmet. Well, pretty much all the time, probably wouldn’t if I was riding 30 seconds down the street to a shop.Posted 4 years agob rMember
There weren’t helmets when I was a kid, and even m/c’s didn’t have to wear them.
When MTBing mine all wear a helmet, without ever been told. On the street, with friends etc mostly not, but then they’re old enough to assess the dangers themselves.
I still though have arguments with my youngest (14) who won’t wear one when on his scooter at the skate park.Posted 4 years agoBearBackMember
My eldest is the helmet police. Won’t ride his bike without one and asks us where people on bikes helmets are if he sees them riding without.Posted 4 years ago
We started putting a helmet on both boys as soon as they touch anything with 2 wheels. Never had an arguement as a result thankfully. Our choice is ‘No helmet no ride rule’ for them regardless of how short the ride.vinnyehSubscriber
Do your kids always wear helmets on the bike, or do circumstances dictate? what about on scooters?
Eldest (7) went to school on her bike today for the first time, in convoy with myself and her younger brother, without helmets. The route is about 200m of pavement, couple of kilometres of footpath/paths across common land. We all rode without helmets. Am I a bad parent?
Normally they wear them if we’re riding anywhere other than stuff like this, by the way- should I make them mandatory on all journeys?Posted 4 years agoransosSubscriber
Completely agree with the majority of sentiments in this thread, but am amazed and impressed at the change in helmet culture round here in a short time.
I wear a helmet, and so will my daughter when she’s old enough. But it’s one piece of safety equipment among many, that is effective in a limited range of circumstances. Important to remember if tempted to be the helmet police!Posted 4 years agoboybiskitMember
Always been the rule in our house: if you’re on bike / scooter then you wear a helmet.
Very glad of it too. At Christmas lad lost control of his bike, hit a neighbour’s garage door at about 20mph. Smashed his helmet to bits and put a massive dent in the door (which we need to replace). A&E confirmed he was fine other than a bit of a battering.
Next day, went to Halfords and found a perfect Met helmet a bit like mine that fits a treat and cost £5. At that sort of money, you’d be a bit mad not to wear one.
I do wish I could get a garage door for £5 tho….Posted 4 years agoTuckerUKMember
I’ve never worn a cycle helmet, and as pavements don’t seem to have got any harder, and at least our heads haven’t got softer, neither do any of our kids. Youngest was very glad he didn’t wear one when he cycled the 3 miles to his new school; no one else wears one either.Posted 4 years ago
Hypocritical to make them wear one and not wear one yourself. Sends out the wrong message.
I always wear one when riding a bike, but not when riding a uni on the school run (or indeed any other time when I’m using one for general short distance transportation). Neither of my kids has yet complained.Posted 4 years agocrikeyMember
…and yet we could save more lives by insisting children wore helmets when they are pedestrians, and when they travel as passengers in cars.
Fannying about with helmets ignores the big fat elephant in the room; the motor vehicle.
Until we accept that the price we pay for the convenience of the car is measured in lives, we will never change.Posted 4 years ago
I’m with you on the relative risk there, and accept that there are downsides to helmet wearing, but on balance I think it’s a good thing my kids wear one.
Also to be fair, we don’t encounter too many vehicles on the shared footpath on the way to school (or on all the pavements my kids illegally ride on to get to the bit they can legally ride on).Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
The route is about 200m of pavement, couple of kilometres of footpath/paths across common land.
What difference does it make how far it is?
You don’t need a long ride to fall off.. the chance of falling off is a fixed thing on certain terrain, the fact it’s close to your house makes no difference at all. Your 10 short trips a week have the same chance of accident as one long one at the weekend.
My kids always wear helmets, because I want to make a habit out of it. Otherwise, if we start trying to decide whether or not it’s worth a helmet, they’ll end up just popping down to a friends’ house on a bike and being taken out by an erratically weaving car as soon as they step off the kerb.
As for what happened in the 80s without helmets? Kids used to get killed. My mate’s best mate was wiped out on the road outside my mate’s house, and died.Posted 4 years ago
gonzy – I know! Even more galling is the fact that they’re far better riders than me 😀
Note them also being educated in the rules of riding cheeky trails 😉
You don’t need a long ride to fall off.. the chance of falling off is a fixed thing on certain terrain, the fact it’s close to your house makes no difference at all.
I just don’t get this notion that just because you’re ‘just popping out’ then you don’t need a helmet etc. Surely the nature of accidents is the fact that they’re utterly random and unpredictable. They’re as likely to get you 100 yards from your house as anywhere else, surely?Posted 4 years ago
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