By Rick Steiner
I feel compelled to write regarding the story on helmets. This piece is ill conceived and poorly reasoned. Mr. Wise implies that wearing a helmet makes one ride in an unsafe manner. Baloney! A helmet is an insurance policy that we hope we never have to use. There are many potential mishaps out there that do not involve being hit by a car or that are caused by carelessness. Potholes, debris, road signs in the bike lane and other bikers are just a few hazards we have to be aware of. Twice my helmet saved me from serious damage when I flatted and went down.
However, I do not believe helmets and seat belts should be mandatory. Let's just pass legislation that exempts insurance companies from paying injuries sustained if the safety precautions are not taken.