The other day I was relaxing at a cafe when I found myself eavesdropping.


Why did he feel the need to speak to the bicyclist and why did he assume the cyclist was somehow ignorant? Would this guy similarly attack other people doing things that he viewed as poor judgement? Or is it just bicyclists?


I’m sick of the helmet hype. It’s time to hype up infrastructure until “cycle track” is in everyone’s vocabulary. I dream of the day this guy will ask the city what’s up with the street design that makes cyclists feel like they need to wear helmets.

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Steven Bradley

Totally agree. I sometimes wear a helmet, sometimes not, depending on the circumstance. I never appreciate the “YOU MUST WEAR A HELMETS’!!!” screaming at me, or counseling me, or telling me.

Richard Masoner
Repent, sinner! True story: Bike to Work Day 2012. After bike 20-something miles from home (with helmet), I doffed the helmet as I approached my first “Energizer Station” of the day so it wouldn’t get in the way of my camera. Volunteer at the station — on a day when we’re all supposed to encourage everybody to bike — immediately jumps loudly down my throat that I should wear a helmet. Put a very sour taste in my mouth and reminded me that we all need to do much better in how we present the message. Part of this encounter… Read more »
Marge Evans


Andy in Germany

I get this occasionally.

I don’t have a problem with people wearing helmets, I just wish they’d stop going on at me about it.

Mind you as I generally wear a wide brimmed Akubra hat, maybe I’m asking for it…


Ha! So true. Although you know what I got the no helmet Disapproving Glance the other day and it made me think ‘eep, people are safety conscious around here, I better dig my helmet out!!’

But this guy. Ack, we all know him.

Andy M-S

I recently came to the conclusion that it’s not anyone else’s business. I can be happy or unhappy with what someone’s doing, but to the extent that it has no effect on me or anyone I know, I should probably just shut up. See: http://lawschoolissoover.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/death-of-a-helmet-nazi/

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