How many of us wear helmets so that when we get squashed the judge can't say it was our fault? I know I'm not alone in doing this.
But as I wrote a letter to the procurator fiscal (you can too) about the leniency shown in the sentencing for Gary McCourt for the death of Audrey Fyfe, I found myself even less able than normal to justify this position. And for several days this week I have left my helmet at home.
I don't need (nor want) to read any more studies or studies about the health benefits/disbenefits of helmets. I've not changed my mind on that. But I am angry that the judge had the temerity to claim that her not wearing a helmet contributed to her death, when there is absolutely no evidence to back that up. The only person responsible for Audrey Fyfe's death is the man who was in charge of the powerful machine that hit her bicycle. And we need a legal system that acknowledges this, and holds careless and dangerous drivers responsible for their actions.
So, for the moment, I am helmet-less. I will probably revert -- especially in the dark winter when even my short commute feels perilous -- but right now, this is my small gesture in support of Audrey Fyfe. I only hope I'm still cycling when I'm 75.