I need to bounce something off the group, and this is probably the best forum.
First of all, I am an avid roadie. I ride pretty much every day, either commuting or recreationally/club rides. I am an avid proponent of helmets and always use one, even if it's just a quick ride around the cul-de-sac to check an adjustment.
I have 2 daughters, ages 6 and 8....they know they MUST wear a helmet if they ride....which they do.
We live in what I would describe as an educated, upper-middle class neighborhood, with lots of kids.
The "problem" is that most of the neighborhood kids ride around without helmets, including my daughter's best friend who is also 8 and lives next door. I know these kids HAVE helmets but for whatever reason they ride around the neighborhood without one.
For the past couple of months whenever I see one of these kids (if I know them) I yell out "where is your helmet?" or "don't forget your helmet!" but the kids continue to ride without one.
The state law in pennsylvania is that all children under a certain age (12? 14? 16?) must wear a helmet.
Should I just shut up and make sure my own kids wear their helmets? Or maybe approach the parents and remind them the importance of wearing a helmet, advice from a "real" bicyclist?
I should just shut up and not mention it anymore, right?