Voice of the People
Wear Helmets At All Times
I wanted to write this last year at this time and didnít take the time.
After riding the Chesterton Duneland Trail last week, I canít let it go by
I have been bicycling for the past 13 years and have seen my share of
accidents, having been involved in one myself. I can attest that helmets
save lives as well as protect you from having a more serious injury.
Now most of you will say that you are only riding the trail and having a
friendly family ride. Well, you are probably in a more vulnerable position
to an accident than out on an open country road. Because many of the riders
on the trail are casual riders or riders with small children, they are not
being conscientious to what is going on around them. I try very hard to let
other riders know that I am passing them on the left and slow down to see
how the children respond and how their parents instruct them and I can tell
you that they are not aware of how to react. I have had to come to a dead
stop suddenly because of someone moving out to the left in front of me or
deciding to turn around without warning. If you do not have a properly
fitting helmet on your head and we have a collision, no matter how slow we
are going, I guarantee you your head or your childís head will hit the
pavement very hard.
I donít think I saw more than two people with helmets on their heads last
Monday and there were a lot of people out on bikes enjoying the good
weather. Helmets are not expensive compared to the cost of what a head
injury to a loved one can mean to you. PLEASE protect you and your children
by wearing helmets. Donít think just putting helmets on your children are
enough. Who will raise those children when you are in a nursing home facing
the trauma of a head injury?