Cyclists urged to stay safe on the roads this summer

Cyclists urged to stay safe on the roads this summer

Cyclists urged to stay safe on the roads this summer

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AMBULANCE chiefs are urging cyclists to take simple steps to avoid trouble on the roads this summer.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is reminding people heading out for a bike ride to ensure they wear a helmet to reduce the risk of a head injury in the event of an accident.

Nick Crombie, medical lead for Midlands Air Ambulance, said: “I can’t see any reason why someone wouldn’t want to wear a cycle helmet, it just makes perfect sense to me doing this job, but whether people do or not is entirely an individual decision.”

Parents, however, should be more diligent about ensuring their children wear a helmet – he said, adding: “Children are not as aware of traffic, they’re not aware of the rules of the road and the highway code as well as adults are, and they end up disproportionately having more cycling accidents than any other age group.”

Cyclists are also encouraged to make sure they keep their bike well-maintained, to always adopt a good position on the roads, wear high visibility closing, have working lights fitted if heading out at night, and respect the rules of the road.

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7:42am Tue 5 Aug 14

Pastafarian says...

It is Bizarre that, apparently, helmets should come before the things that help you stop crashing in the first place - bike maintenance, being seen and the rules of the road.
It is Bizarre that, apparently, helmets should come before the things that help you stop crashing in the first place - bike maintenance, being seen and the rules of the road. Pastafarian
  • Score: 8

3:07pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Hoohaa69 says...

Everyone should wear a helmet.
Pastafarian - I don't think potholes care whether you can be seen or are following the rules of the road.
Everyone should wear a helmet. Pastafarian - I don't think potholes care whether you can be seen or are following the rules of the road. Hoohaa69
  • Score: -6

6:36pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Sam Vimes says...

Seeing cyclists failing to take any responsibility for their use of the road but expecting everyone else to make allowances for them is common place, but blaming pot holes for being in the way is a spectacular new low.
Seeing cyclists failing to take any responsibility for their use of the road but expecting everyone else to make allowances for them is common place, but blaming pot holes for being in the way is a spectacular new low. Sam Vimes
  • Score: -13

9:15am Wed 6 Aug 14

Pastafarian says...

Hoohaa69 wrote:
Everyone should wear a helmet.
Pastafarian - I don't think potholes care whether you can be seen or are following the rules of the road.
By simply look where you're going and having well-maintained steering and brakes one can easily avoid them.

Are you saying these aspects of cycling are less important than helmets?
[quote][p][bold]Hoohaa69[/bold] wrote: Everyone should wear a helmet. Pastafarian - I don't think potholes care whether you can be seen or are following the rules of the road.[/p][/quote]By simply look where you're going and having well-maintained steering and brakes one can easily avoid them. Are you saying these aspects of cycling are less important than helmets? Pastafarian
  • Score: 9

1:52pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Hoohaa69 says...

Yes I suppose you can avoid potholes, because we all know the roads are in really good condition around here. You can easily steer into the middle of the road can't you?
So you are against helmets as long as you maintain your bike and steer carefully? That will keep you safe.
Yes I suppose you can avoid potholes, because we all know the roads are in really good condition around here. You can easily steer into the middle of the road can't you? So you are against helmets as long as you maintain your bike and steer carefully? That will keep you safe. Hoohaa69
  • Score: -9

5:08am Fri 8 Aug 14

Pastafarian says...

Hoohaa69 wrote:
Yes I suppose you can avoid potholes, because we all know the roads are in really good condition around here. You can easily steer into the middle of the road can't you?
So you are against helmets as long as you maintain your bike and steer carefully? That will keep you safe.
To answer your question: No, I'm not against helmets. No one is.

My question to you remains: do you think that having a well-maintained bike, being seen, the rules of the road and good observation are less important than helmets?
[quote][p][bold]Hoohaa69[/bold] wrote: Yes I suppose you can avoid potholes, because we all know the roads are in really good condition around here. You can easily steer into the middle of the road can't you? So you are against helmets as long as you maintain your bike and steer carefully? That will keep you safe.[/p][/quote]To answer your question: No, I'm not against helmets. No one is. My question to you remains: do you think that having a well-maintained bike, being seen, the rules of the road and good observation are less important than helmets? Pastafarian
  • Score: 10

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