(NPR) Britain’s Bradley Wiggins Starts A Row By Arguing For Bike Helmets

Posted by Kendall Harmon

When asked if he favored mandatory helmet laws for cyclists, Wiggins responded that he did, adding, "because ultimately, if you get knocked off and you ain't got a helmet on, then how can you kind of argue?" He went on to say, "when there's laws passed for cyclists, then you're protected and you can say, 'well, I've done everything to be safe.' "

Wiggins was denounced for his remarks.

Cyclists and non-cyclists; conservatives and liberals — they all united in arguing that wearing a cycling helmet should be a matter of choice, or else the popularity of cycling might decline. Darren Johnson a London Assembly member from the Green Party, said the issue of mandatory helmet laws missed the point. "We need to focus on the solutions to the problem of left-turning lorries," he said.

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