Bump on the noggin
Re: Bicycle safety
To the Editor:
I used my bike helmet Tuesday night. I don't mean I wore it. I've worn it every time I've hopped on my bicycle winter, spring, summer or fall; for the past 10 years. What I mean is that Tuesday night it actually became useful.
See, the problem was this: my headlight burned out halfway home. It's against Ontario law to ride without one, but I figured I wouldn't be going on any major streets all I had to do was cross campus to Richmond, and besides, I still had my bell to warn people ahead and my rear lights so I would not be hit from behind.
I continued riding in the dark. It would have worked too, if it had not been for a low concrete barrier that was precisely where I thought it wasn't. I flipped over the barrier, banging my head on the ground hard enough to see stars despite the helmet. If I had not been wearing it, I would have a concussion for sure; maybe even worse.
As it was, I got knocked up a bit, got some road rash and had to straighten some things up on my bike. I also had to replace the helmet, of course, since they are not reusable (fortunately they are relatively cheap!). Thank you, by the way, to the two passersby who checked to make sure I was all in one piece.
Faculty of Communication and Open Learning PHD