‘Cycle helmets saved our lives’ – parents to help spread safety message in schools

Bournemouth Echo: THANKFUL: Claire Telfer-Knight with George, Alice and the cracked helmets THANKFUL: Claire Telfer-Knight with George, Alice and the cracked helmets

A FATHER and son injured in an accident have credited their cycle helmets with saving their lives.

George Knight, six, was strapped into a crossbar seat on his dad Gavin’s bike when their front wheel seized up and the pair toppled to the ground in Bournemouth.

George’s twin sister Alice and mum Claire Telfer-Knight, who were following behind, heard shouting and then saw the pair unconscious on the ground at West Way, near Castle Lane.

Both were taken to Poole Hospital and George was released four hours later but Gavin was kept in overnight while doctors carried out hourly neuro- observations.

Fortunately the cycle helmets they had been wearing took the impact of the fall. Both helmets were badly cracked in the accident, demonstrating the force of the impact.

Mum Claire, of Muscliffe Lane, said: “If they hadn’t been wearing those helmets, then that would have been their skulls that cracked.

“It’s frightening to think what could have happened, but it has gone to show just how important wearing a cycle helmet is every time you ride.

“I’m hoping to go into the children’s school next term and help spread the message. If it persuades one family to make their children wear a helmet then it is worth it.”

And Gavin said: “Everyone should know by now how important cycle helmets are, but this just goes to further prove it. The consequences of not wearing one could be horrendous.”

Claire also thanked all the many passers-by who stopped and helped them after the accident on Saturday, June 21, and said they also experienced wonderful treatment at Poole Hospital and from the police.

“I had two children very distressed at the side of the pavement and so many people stopped to help,” she said.

“People blocked the road for us to help stop the traffic until the police arrived. The reassurance we got from people was much appreciated.”

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3:14pm Tue 8 Jul 14

crazybird says...

I totally support the wearing of cycle helmets and always do so if I am riding my bike. Sad that leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh commented in May that wearing a cycle helmet does not help prevent serious injury. He said that wearing them even puts cyclists at greater risk as drivers tend to get 3" closer to them if they have a helmet on. Totally stupid news article - they should make it law that helmets must be worn and if the study is correct and helmets are too flimsy then they should be improved to better protect.
I totally support the wearing of cycle helmets and always do so if I am riding my bike. Sad that leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh commented in May that wearing a cycle helmet does not help prevent serious injury. He said that wearing them even puts cyclists at greater risk as drivers tend to get 3" closer to them if they have a helmet on. Totally stupid news article - they should make it law that helmets must be worn and if the study is correct and helmets are too flimsy then they should be improved to better protect. crazybird
  • Score: -23

3:54pm Tue 8 Jul 14

anotherfatslob says...

People should not allow their wheels to be so neglected that they seize up.

Helmets are a gimmick sold by the oil industry,and our reptilian overlords.

HTH
People should not allow their wheels to be so neglected that they seize up. Helmets are a gimmick sold by the oil industry,and our reptilian overlords. HTH anotherfatslob
  • Score: 24

4:34pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Townee says...

Helmet, test and insurance before you are allowed on the road.
Helmet, test and insurance before you are allowed on the road. Townee
  • Score: -31

5:23pm Tue 8 Jul 14

ragj195 says...

crazybird wrote:
I totally support the wearing of cycle helmets and always do so if I am riding my bike. Sad that leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh commented in May that wearing a cycle helmet does not help prevent serious injury. He said that wearing them even puts cyclists at greater risk as drivers tend to get 3" closer to them if they have a helmet on. Totally stupid news article - they should make it law that helmets must be worn and if the study is correct and helmets are too flimsy then they should be improved to better protect.
What Mr Marsh fails to encounter is the hundreds of people that don't visit A&E because they had a bump while wearing a helmet. Just like this story, my 6 year old fell off her bike, hit her head on the ground. She was wearing a helmet so she didn't even shed a tear. If she wasn't it could easily have been more serious.
[quote][p][bold]crazybird[/bold] wrote: I totally support the wearing of cycle helmets and always do so if I am riding my bike. Sad that leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh commented in May that wearing a cycle helmet does not help prevent serious injury. He said that wearing them even puts cyclists at greater risk as drivers tend to get 3" closer to them if they have a helmet on. Totally stupid news article - they should make it law that helmets must be worn and if the study is correct and helmets are too flimsy then they should be improved to better protect.[/p][/quote]What Mr Marsh fails to encounter is the hundreds of people that don't visit A&E because they had a bump while wearing a helmet. Just like this story, my 6 year old fell off her bike, hit her head on the ground. She was wearing a helmet so she didn't even shed a tear. If she wasn't it could easily have been more serious. ragj195
  • Score: -18

11:50pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Turtlebay says...

Yet it is amazing that cycle helmets are not used in Florida USA, in fact not even motorcyclists have to wear them. Here is the evidence, live webcam in Florida Keys - http://www.liveduval
street.com/
Yet it is amazing that cycle helmets are not used in Florida USA, in fact not even motorcyclists have to wear them. Here is the evidence, live webcam in Florida Keys - http://www.liveduval street.com/ Turtlebay
  • Score: 15

11:56pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Turtlebay says...

Such a pity there are so many do-gooders trying to interfere in our lives in this country!

If you want to wear gimmicky safety gear, then fine, but don't force your views on the rest of us.
Such a pity there are so many do-gooders trying to interfere in our lives in this country! If you want to wear gimmicky safety gear, then fine, but don't force your views on the rest of us. Turtlebay
  • Score: 25

9:14am Wed 9 Jul 14

burtthebike says...

Oh no! Another "helmet saved my life story" If even a tiny fraction of those stories were true, there would be a noticeable drop in the death rate of cyclists, but there isn't, so the stories can't be true.

Nowhere with a helmet law or massive rise in wearing after a propaganda campaign can show any reduction in risk to cyclists, and some research shows an increase in risk. Helmet laws and propaganda have two effects; fewer cyclists and obscene profits for those making and selling helmets, there is no safety improvement. Because the people deterred from cycling lose the overwhelming health benefits, the effects of helmet laws and campaigns are huge and completely negative.

In this case, and every other one I've seen, the helmet cracked and provided very little if any protection. Helmets are supposed to work by crushing, which takes a lot of energy, not cracking which takes almost none. Try to crush a ceiling tile in your fingers, and then try to snap it. The first is very difficult and takes a lot of effort, whilst the second is easy and takes no effort at all. Helmet experts who have examined thousands of cycle helmets which were involved in collisions have never seen a single helmet which worked as it was intended.

The neurosurgeon Dr Marsh was right, and cycle helmets are flimsy pieces of plastic whose sole effect is to give the wearer a false sense of security.

Check out the facts at cyclehelmets.org
Oh no! Another "helmet saved my life story" If even a tiny fraction of those stories were true, there would be a noticeable drop in the death rate of cyclists, but there isn't, so the stories can't be true. Nowhere with a helmet law or massive rise in wearing after a propaganda campaign can show any reduction in risk to cyclists, and some research shows an increase in risk. Helmet laws and propaganda have two effects; fewer cyclists and obscene profits for those making and selling helmets, there is no safety improvement. Because the people deterred from cycling lose the overwhelming health benefits, the effects of helmet laws and campaigns are huge and completely negative. In this case, and every other one I've seen, the helmet cracked and provided very little if any protection. Helmets are supposed to work by crushing, which takes a lot of energy, not cracking which takes almost none. Try to crush a ceiling tile in your fingers, and then try to snap it. The first is very difficult and takes a lot of effort, whilst the second is easy and takes no effort at all. Helmet experts who have examined thousands of cycle helmets which were involved in collisions have never seen a single helmet which worked as it was intended. The neurosurgeon Dr Marsh was right, and cycle helmets are flimsy pieces of plastic whose sole effect is to give the wearer a false sense of security. Check out the facts at cyclehelmets.org burtthebike
  • Score: 21

4:33pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Emery says...

The most important safety aid for any road user is not what you wear on your head but how the stuff inside the head controls that road user.
A rear view mirror is far more important in staying safe than a helmet.
Prevent the accident first.
My large van was hit by a cyclist who had a peak on her helmet, was looking down thus had no vision further than her front wheel and rode straight into the van without even braking!!!!!! Weather was fine and dry and if she had looked where she was riding would have had a clear view of my van for over half a mile. Roads are as dangerous as you make them. And yes I am a cyclist and find the roads no more dangerous than when I'm driving or riding motorcycles.
The most important safety aid for any road user is not what you wear on your head but how the stuff inside the head controls that road user. A rear view mirror is far more important in staying safe than a helmet. Prevent the accident first. My large van was hit by a cyclist who had a peak on her helmet, was looking down thus had no vision further than her front wheel and rode straight into the van without even braking!!!!!! Weather was fine and dry and if she had looked where she was riding would have had a clear view of my van for over half a mile. Roads are as dangerous as you make them. And yes I am a cyclist and find the roads no more dangerous than when I'm driving or riding motorcycles. Emery
  • Score: 11

11:37am Thu 10 Jul 14

Colin@cycling says...

People wearing helmets have more accidents and hit their helmets more often and they soon crack, they conclude a benefit.

Erke and Elvik stated: "There is evidence of increased accident risk per cycling-km for cyclists wearing a helmet. In Australia and New Zealand, the increase is estimated to be around 14 per cent."
http://www.cycle-hel
mets.com/norway.pdf page 28.

Details from NSW reported the ‘equivalent number of injuries for pre law numbers of cyclists’. The equivalent number of injuries for pre-law number of cyclists increased from 1310 in 1991 to 2083 in 1993, see;
Robinson DL; Head injuries and bicycle helmet laws, 1996

For New Zealand
Cycling usage reduced by 51%
Cyclist’s injury risk per hour increased by 20–32%.
The report mentions;
'Of particular concern are children and adolescents who have experienced the greatest increase in the risk of cycling injuries despite a substantial decline in the amount of cycling over the past two decades' see;
Clarke, CF, Evaluation of New Zealand’s bicycle law, NZMJ 10 February 2012.

To avoid accidents not wearing one my be better.
People wearing helmets have more accidents and hit their helmets more often and they soon crack, they conclude a benefit. Erke and Elvik stated: "There is evidence of increased accident risk per cycling-km for cyclists wearing a helmet. In Australia and New Zealand, the increase is estimated to be around 14 per cent." http://www.cycle-hel mets.com/norway.pdf page 28. Details from NSW reported the ‘equivalent number of injuries for pre law numbers of cyclists’. The equivalent number of injuries for pre-law number of cyclists increased from 1310 in 1991 to 2083 in 1993, see; Robinson DL; Head injuries and bicycle helmet laws, 1996 For New Zealand Cycling usage reduced by 51% Cyclist’s injury risk per hour increased by 20–32%. The report mentions; 'Of particular concern are children and adolescents who have experienced the greatest increase in the risk of cycling injuries despite a substantial decline in the amount of cycling over the past two decades' see; Clarke, CF, Evaluation of New Zealand’s bicycle law, NZMJ 10 February 2012. To avoid accidents not wearing one my be better. Colin@cycling
  • Score: 15

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