Saw this story on CBC.ca about kids failing to pass the fitness grade.
Young Canadians get failing fitness grade
I think the accompanying photo gives a big clue as to why this is.
I think so many "safety advocates" seek out risks in so many things that are beneficial in spite of it's "risks" that they are throwing the baby out with the bath water.
I've linked this before (in another thread) but it bears repeating here.
Cycling may not be a panacea for the ills of modern society but it addresses a huge number of them; health, obesity, pollution, congestion, global warming, noise, danger and social exclusion to name only the most obvious, and many of these are the subject of Government policy...
In health terms, one researcher has said that, if the benefits of cycling could be bottled, it would be the most popular drug in the world.
Sadly, some of cyclings "safety advocates" promote cycling as to be so dangerous and harmful that to ride without a helmet is to risk ones well being.
Perhaps if the risks of being afraid of what may happen while cycling were placed in context, our kids would not receive such a failing grade in fitness. A state that will no doubt have to be compensated for by those who choose to look at risks in context, deal with them in a responsible fashion, and to ride a bicycle in order to be fit.