Whether or not you believe in wearing a lid on a motorcycle, you've probably got a pretty strong opinion about helmet laws-- and based on this New York Times article, it seems bicyclists also face similar issues.
After religiously wearing a lid for decades in the US, the author says that riding a bicycle in Paris sans helmet in Paris left her feeling "exhilarated, not fearful," and goes on to suggest that despite widespread stigmas about helmetless bicycling riding, the health benefits of riding without a lid might significantly outweigh the risks.
Of course, while motorcycles might help keep you feeling young, our motorized steeds lack the obvious health benefits enjoyed by those who rely on pedal power to get from A to B... and our horsepower advantage doesn't exactly do us any favors in the safety department, either. But can we learn something from some of the more libertarian ideals that pertain to helmet use?
Personally, you couldn't pay me to ride a motorcycle without a helmet; that's a risk I'm simply not willing to take. That said, I'd like to hear from you high stakes gamblers: do those of you who shun helmets make the choice because you feel the benefits (feeling wind in your hair) outweigh the risks (serious head injuries, death)? Or do you lean on the classic argument of choosing freedom over state-imposed laws?
Comment below, and/or share your thoughts in this Readers Respond Feature: Do You Ride With a Helmet?
Source: NY Times
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