KMTR ran a news story today that emphasized that all kids should wear helmets, complete with “experts.” Their main reasoning was that a kid got hit by a car just recently and more kids are riding in the nice weather. Nowhere in the story did they mention that drivers should be more careful since there are more bikers out. In fact, there was NO mention of safe driving at all.
I’m not against helmets – I wear one every time I ride, but I only wear one because of the likelihood of some yahoo dipschmuck texter butthole in a car running me over. If there were no cars, I wouldn’ t wear a helmet commuting. I’d only wear one when riding offroad or zooming down McKenzie Pass, things that are mildly dangerous without cars. Commuting is not. Being 8 and riding a bike around your neighborhood is not (if there weren’t cars).
So, news, stop acting like car drivers are powerless to not hit us. Stop acting like biking is dangerous. It’s not. Existing around idiots with motorized weapons is dangerous. People get hit by idiot car drivers all the time while walking, should pedestrians wear helmets? NO, drivers should stop sucking!
In related news, a man was just killed on the Oregon coast while walking on the 101 Oregon Scenic Bikeway. The driver of the truck who killed him was not even cited. Was there a big news story about how people should be more careful driving? Of course not!