...my refusal to wear a helmet is informed
Sorry for introducing you to The Oil Drum, Sue! ;)I think it is sobering reading indeed from minds who understand the energy industry and where we are truly heading... Other sites I enjoy, of which you may already be aware, include:www.kunstler.com/blog/ - his blog is particularly good. JHK wrote an excellent book called 'The Long Emergency' - highly recommended if you can find a copy.www.monbiot.com - George Monbiot's blog from the UK.James Howard Kunstler rides a bike everywhere and I'm sure would think our MHLs are a very bad idea if asked.I'm still not wearing a helmet, although I put one on when passing the constant police blockade on the main bike path into Brisbane - they'll be there until construction is complete to 'protect pedestrians and workers' from dangerous cyclists... by insisting I have a helmet. They don't enforce the posted speed limits in the construction area though... grrrr....Cheers,Paul MartinBrisbane, Australia
No worries - I'm glad you did - essential reading!!Thanks for other links too; i shall check them out (currently follow George Monbiot in the Guardian Weekly, and read his book HEAT a couple of years ago - very alarming)Sorry to hear about the 'brick wall' you encountered with your helmet matter - unblelievable!!!
A few months ago an aquaintance fell on his bike and landed in a coma. Everyone who told us about it made sure I heard he WAS wearing a helmet. Then I had this conversation with a friend:Friend: Why don't you wear a helmet?Me: I'm not convinced they really make any difference, and I want people to see cycling is safe.Friend: But what about XXXX? He's in a coma now. So you should wear a helmet.Me: Er... he was wearing a helmet.Friend: Yes, but look how much worse it could have been if he wasn't.Me: Er...This from a very smart engineering student. Big Hemet have really done well.
Andy in Germany: your story defies belief! Our ridiculous blind faith in this protective concept (after all it's not much else) is ridiculous!!
c) Sept 2010 Letter to NSW Minister for Roads
d) Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry into Vulnerable Road Users 2010