I am glad that Bradley Wiggins (winner of the 2012 Tour de France and the Olympic Gold Medal for cycling) has called for it to be made compulsory for cyclists to wear helmets.
I am also glad that Bradley has said that cyclists should not wear iPods or use phones whilst cycling.
We just need to go a little further, though.
We also need to establish a three-part national cycling competency test (theory and double-practical), based on the same Theory, Mod 1 and Mod 2 tests that motorcyclists have to pass.
And, of course, we need to have compulsory insurance for cyclists.
But the flat-earth mentality of the national cycling lobbyist organisation CTC, and its spokesman Chris Peck, has sprung in to action.
Mr Peck (and therefore CTC) has said that making helmets for cyclists compulsory ‘would be counter-productive’, and would be likely to have an overall damaging effect.
I’ve written about Chris Peck before. He’s a twat, obv.
I seem to remember exactly the same flat-earth arguments were voiced when the compulsory introduction of car seat belts was first put forward.
‘Compulsory seat belts will cause more deaths and injuries than they will prevent’, said the moaning minnies.
And these days no-one but a mentalist would drive a car without their seat belt fastened.
Except, maybe, Chris Peck of the CTC.
And a similar argument was put forward by some motorcyclists, that the compulsory use of helments for motorcyclists would somehow cause more injuries than they would prevent.
Maybe Chris Peck agrees with that statement too, who knows?
So let’s all just agree that whatever comes out of CTC in particular, and out of Chris Peck’s mouth in particular, is just a big steaming pile of nonsense.
And we should ignore them.
Go, Bradley Wiggins, go.
On the point of compulsory helmets for cyclists – as with your recently victorious time in France – you are on the right track.
Chris Peck and CTC plainly are not.