RAGBRAI. Need I say more?
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: West Branch, Iowa USA
Bikes: 1998 Mongoose NX7.1, 2008 Kona Jake, GT singlespeed (year unknown).
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Recently, a local motorcyclist (helmet-less) was killed when a semi pulled out in fron to of him. This prompted the newspaper to write an editorial supporting mandatory helmet laws. Evidently, the editorial was posted on a motorcyclist board and the paper was swamped with responses. I sent the following letter to the editor in response to the motorcyclists replies.
"The recent West Branch Times editorial suggesting a mandatory helmet law seems to have struck a nerve with the Times’ national audience. As a cyclist (two wheels, no motor), I regularly wear a helmet. But, instead of the government mandating its use, I would prefer that riders (motorized and not) take the initiative to protect themselves. Obviously, a helmet is not going to provide 100 percent protection, but it will decrease the chance of severe head trauma. In most circumstances, a cycle-car collision is not going to end well for the cyclist, but in the instance of a lesser wreck, a helmet can be a life saver. Wearing a helmet is not about eliminating all chances of bodily damage; it is about reducing the possibility of major head injury."