my refusal to wear a bicycle helmet

my refusal to wear a bicycle helmet
...is informed

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pourquoi pas, madame?!

The Question is - Why don't i like helmets?
...and in a 'nutshell'...
The Answer is - it's a question of survival - mine and yours and the planet's!

...let's explore the 2 major multi-layered issues:

1. human rights
- self-determination
- responsible public policy, not one underpinned by commercial 'blackmail'
- opportunity to enjoy the immediate health benefits of cycling
- cycling culture, therefore more cyclists and 'safety-in-numbers' factor
WHICH MEANS WE MUST SAY NO TO:
- attendant human rights abuses upon millions of people as a result of climate change
- misleading & deceptive advertising coupled with duress & abuse of fair trading practices
SO THAT WE CAN HAVE:
- our children and their future

2. the environment
- climate change - it's happening 'NOW' - not 'if' and 'when'
- current over-committment to 'oil power'
WHICH MEANS IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE HAVE:
- necessary committment to 'pedal power'
- responsible commuting - 'way-more' trains, 'way-more buses', assistance with our bikes on trains and buses, introduction of Vélib, the bike-share programme, or similar
- responsible tourism - again...introduction of Vélib or similar
- cycling infrastructure - ie cycle lanes, cycle-parks, bike racks, bike sheds
- our children and their future

...notice how everything always comes back to survival? - mine, yours and the planet's - it truly is a question of necessity, your honour!

2 comments:

  1. Sue, very glad to see you have a blog. After Mike Rubbo told me about you, I featured you on my blog too.

    Today a friend sent me a lovely film showing cycling in the Netherlands in the 1950s. Little has changed since then... including the rate of helmet wearing !

    Keep up the good fight.

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  2. wow! i'm brand new to this and didn't realise i was 'public' yet!!! thanks for your comment - i love your blog!

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