Bridport pupils back cycle helmet bid with design contest

SAFE CYCLING: Pupils at St Mary’s wearing their bike helmets

SAFE CYCLING: Pupils at St Mary’s wearing their bike helmets

First published in News Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

WEST Dorset youngsters are supporting a national campaign to get more children to wear cycle helmets.

Last year pupils of St Mary’s School in Bridport were stunned when MP Oliver Letwin said he wouldn’t support their plea for the compulsory wearing of helmets for children.

Maisy Attrill, from Burton Bradstock, who sent a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and subsequently visited the House of Commons, is starting a blog and responding to critics who say making helmets compulsory changes cycling from a ‘cheap’ sport. She said: “It’s not that cheap a sport if you have to pay for all the hospital costs from not wearing a helmet,”

St Mary’s class teacher Julie Kingston is involving pupils in the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust’s campaign which claims a child cyclist is three times more likely to be killed in an accident than an adult.

Now the charity wants children to design their own Lazer bicycle helmet – and the winning entry will be manufactured and given to disadvantaged youngsters across the UK.

Angela Lee, chief executive and founder of the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust, said: “Wearing a helmet has been shown to reduce head injuries by up to 88 per cent, but only a meagre 17 per cent of children wear one.”

The competition is open to all primary schools across the UK.

To register your interest visit the sponsor’s website at wd40.co.uk Mrs Kingston added that children in Year Five who complete the annual cycling proficiency course are now firm believers in wearing helmets.

“They saw what happens if you drop an egg without a helmet and with one. That made them think.

“They have also designed a poster and put it up around the school to warn other children they should be wearing their helmets,” she said.

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10:35pm Mon 8 Jul 13

burtthebike says...

But since there is no reliable evidence that cycle helmets are effective, why are BHIT and the misguided teachers indoctrinating children like this?

Children have been strangled by their helmet straps but there is no proven case of a helmet saving a life.

"St Mary’s class teacher Julie Kingston is involving pupils in the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust’s campaign which claims a child cyclist is three times more likely to be killed in an accident than an adult."

Yes indeed, but it makes no difference if the child is wearing a helmet or not, and propaganda like this is typical of the fanatics who promote helmets, using half-truths, inference and scare tactics to mislead children. Why isn't the education authority doing something about this misuse of a teacher's power?

The children and anyone else interested can read the facts about helmets at cyclehelmets.org
But since there is no reliable evidence that cycle helmets are effective, why are BHIT and the misguided teachers indoctrinating children like this? Children have been strangled by their helmet straps but there is no proven case of a helmet saving a life. "St Mary’s class teacher Julie Kingston is involving pupils in the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust’s campaign which claims a child cyclist is three times more likely to be killed in an accident than an adult." Yes indeed, but it makes no difference if the child is wearing a helmet or not, and propaganda like this is typical of the fanatics who promote helmets, using half-truths, inference and scare tactics to mislead children. Why isn't the education authority doing something about this misuse of a teacher's power? The children and anyone else interested can read the facts about helmets at cyclehelmets.org burtthebike
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8:10am Tue 9 Jul 13

koeterwaals says...

I agree burtthebike , in the Netherlands helmet use is actively discouraged as there have been many more serious accidents involving those that use helmets than those that don't.
I agree burtthebike , in the Netherlands helmet use is actively discouraged as there have been many more serious accidents involving those that use helmets than those that don't. koeterwaals
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