Cycle helmets for kids – the latest

In Parliament on Monday 22nd October 2012, the Conservative MP for Wellingborough, Peter Bone, submitted a question to the Secretary of State for Transport (Stephen Hammond), asking what steps he was taking to encourage children to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

Mr Bone is a strong advocate for the introduction of legislation that would make the wearing of cycle helmets compulsory for all children under the age of 14 years of age, having previously submitted a 10 minute bill back in 2007.

The Secretary of State’s response was that the recommendation is that all cyclists wear a helmet to avoid injury in the case of collision. He continued “However, we believe people and parents should be free to choose whether to follow this advice and we have no plans to legislate to introduce mandatory enforcement of cycle helmet wearing.”

Here at Cycle Sprog we fully support the view that parents should be allowed to make an informed decision as to whether their children wear a cycle helmet, and believe that children should not be criminalised for riding a bike.  Instead, we call on both central and local government to invest in the provision of infrastructure, training and awareness to allow our children to cycle safely.

For more details on the pro’s and con’s of cycle helmet wearing, please see our post – Cycle Helmets – to wear or not to wear

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