Should all cyclists have to wear a helmet?


29th November 2017

A REVIEW of bike safety may mean that everyone who rides a bike on a UK road must legally wear a helmet and a high-visibility jacket.

A Government consultation in January will look at safety rules, after more than 100 cyclists were killed on British roads last year. More than 3,300 cyclists were seriously injured.

A recent study found that 70% of cyclists who regularly cycle on the road already wear helmets. Some critics think that the new rules would make fewer people want to use bikes as a mode of transport.

Should you have to wear a helmet when riding a bike?


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rainbow07 · 4 years ago

I think that it is crucial that all cyclists and bike-owners own and WEAR their helmet.If they don't,the consequences could possibly even be deadly,so I voted yes,wear a helmet.

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redindian9 · 4 years ago

i think i shouldn't have to wear a helmet whenever i get on my bike. i dont even OWN one and even if i did, i wouldnt wear it!!

popchip4 · 4 years ago

Yes is my view but other ppl might think differently.
#First one 2 comment

laithaliza · 4 years ago

I personally think people should wear helmets.

redindian9 · 4 years ago

Ok... This is a bit creepy. NOBODY else has posted, which is a BIT weird.....

appleman · 4 years ago

i think yes as lots of injurys are caused on the road but on smaller village roads i think it is ok

appleman · 4 years ago

i should take back that comment actually, it is not the car that will hit you it is the fall. You can even get severe brain damage!!! Or be in a coma, mabye even DIE. I mean I am not trying to worry people that don't where a hemet it is just that should YOU take the chance of death just for a helmet????

musli12345 · 4 years ago

I think yes because you could get injured by cars on the roads

shpee · 4 years ago

Yes. They save lives.

melon_cow7 · 4 years ago

I voted YES because if you don’t wear a helmet when riding your bike, you could suffer horrible injuries, from minor brain damage to DEATH.

boffjr2008 · 4 years ago

Not wearing a helmet can cause severe injuries or even death

mlgdoritos · 4 years ago

I don't think all cyclists should have too wear a helmet. Only people who are learning should wear a helmet!
Also it definitely shouldn't be made illegal to not wear one

Teddyowner · 4 years ago

Of course everyone should wear helmets without them they could have a serious accident and the only reason people don't want to wear them is because they think it doesn't look cool

taos1234 · 4 years ago

I think people should wear helmets because it is very important that you do not suffer from head injuries when riding a bike. It is very easy to put on so, yes, I think you should wear helmets.

htc · 4 years ago

There should not be a law stating that you must wear a helmet. It should be up to personal choice. There should be a law instead about car drivers. The reason for the amount of deaths while cycling is because of the aggression of car drivers. a helmet will help protection but car drivers are the problem (especially abuse towards cyclists) and that is the problem that needs to be solved not the helmet debate. The reason motorcyclists need to wear a helmet is because they travel at high speeds up to 70 mph or over illegally. Even if you have an e-bike your top speed legally is 25 km (15.5 mph). If you are travelling on closed roads or a towpath they are significantly safer and wearing a helmet could be unnecessary. A hill climb is a British event where many riders wear a cap instead of a helmet to save weight. The law would significantly change the law. If you are racing your bike in a race or time trial you will be travelling at greater speeds. However, the organisations who organise these state you need a to wear a helmet. It is ideal to wear a helmet and youngsters are taught this by needing a helmet for go-ride events and bikeability. There should not be a law as it should be up to personal choice. But people should use common sense when deciding whether to wear a helmet. Personally I wear a helmet but car drivers are the main reason why deaths are happening. You should wear a helmet (and most people do) but instead of fussing over a helmet law there should be tougher rules on driving and treating cycling abuse. This is a problem that is very big in the UK as our drivers are some of the most aggressive in the world. The least aggression is in the Netherlands so the UK needs to follow in their footsteps. And promote a cycling culture.

stride03 · 4 years ago

helmets save lives it saved my cousins friend at least!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

winnieflo · 4 years ago

I think that all cyclists should wear a helmet because it is important that we keep ourselves safe.

kgrewal · 4 years ago

It is extremely necessary to wear a helmet when you are riding a bike (it can be the difference between life and death).

icecream2 · 4 years ago

I kinda think you should. #roads can be quite dangerous! this is my first# time entering a poll!!!!

cooledie · 4 years ago

It is VERY important that EVERYONE who cycles wears a helmet, because if you fall of without a helmet on your head, you are 70% more likely to have a serious head injury than if you wear a helmet.

jic007 · 4 years ago

I don't really think cyclists should HAVE to, but it should be tried. I personally think that if a helmet doesn't fit then it is insanely dangerous and could have severe consequences!!!

unicornia6 · 4 years ago

OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

unicornia6 · 4 years ago

Yes because what would happen if an accident occurred and the person got hurt, there would be nobody to blame but themselves for not wearing a helmet!

mcmonkey · 4 years ago

I mean, what's the harm in wearing a helmet if it's going to save your life one day! Its not babyish or silly-it's silly not to wear a helmet if you're putting your life at risk. If the government put a law saying you had to wear one, I think that it would save quite a few lives.

bloodgun · 4 years ago

They should its safe

mr_fox · 4 years ago

it is very crucial to wear a helmet while cycling because it is for your benefit and safety.

strictly22 · 4 years ago

It is so important to wear a helmet, carelessness can cost a life. We could enforce a fine on people who are found not wearing a helmet.

queenfirst · 4 years ago

think of all the people that could get hurt out there and imagine if that was you so i think its best to wear a helmet

rebecca.xo · 4 years ago

If you don’t where a helmet you could really hurt yourself.

bilecks · 4 years ago

I think if you are a cyclist you have to wear a helmet because if you fall you could get a serious injury

lightning · 4 years ago

you never know when you could fall of and badly damage you head but if you were a helmet your life could be saved

Eris2005 · 4 years ago

I think you should wear a helmet because if every single bike rider wore a helmet, it could save hundreds of lives. Although it might put some people off if they don’t like helmets.

oceancraze · 4 years ago

if you don't have a helmet and you own a bike you are putting your life endanger! you also NEED to wear a HELMET and have personal training (experience) if you are cycling on the ROAD in case you cause of a car accident!

dude28899 · 4 years ago

Yes, because helmets are essential to safety and are also protect the brain and skull.

bunkins · 4 years ago

People should wear helmets because if the fall off their bike when they aren't wearing a helmet they could get brain damage.

drewy6672 · 4 years ago

I ride my bike a lot and a thing as small as a helmet can protect us from injury. The thing is, if you crashed your bike on the road, you may get run over. Perhaps a helmet could protect you a bit more.

xmasfan · 4 years ago

Although it may make some people not want to use cycling as a mode of transport, it is more important that when people do ride bikes that they are safe. We want to make sure that everyone is safe at all times. Cyclists are most at danger when they are on busy roads right? However they are still at risk of falling of their bike and injuring themselves at all times.

cmi_hall1 · 4 years ago

What if you're just going up and down your street ?

woof04 · 4 years ago

If you're just riding your bike in your garden at home, a helmet shouldn't be too important, but if you're riding on the road then you should definitely wear a helmet.

htc · 4 years ago

NO! The problem is the car drivers, not the cyclists. Also, the government is just doing this to mask up its pothole problem

maurito.b · 4 years ago

I think it should actually to be the LAW to wear helmets whilst on a bike. They save lives. Most accidents are with car divers and wearing would help protect against the head and the car because most deaths are because of concussions and brain damage.

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7diamond07 · 4 years ago

I think yes because your head is very important and if you crash then your skull might brake. If you fall with a helmet then it might only get a scratch.

3n11_2005 · 4 years ago

In my opinion, no matter where you are, whether your in the country side or not, it is crucial to wear a helmet! The risk of having an accident is high, in the city as well as the countryside, because people speed round corners and down dark roads at the countryside. And in the city, you've got LOT of traffic. So this is why I voted yes, as the risk is high, no matter where you are.

3n11_2005 · 4 years ago

In my opinion, no matter where you are, whether your in the country side or not, it is crucial to wear a helmet! The risk of having an accident is high, in the city as well as the countryside, because people speed round corners and down dark roads at the countryside. And in the city, you've got LOT of traffic. So this is why I voted yes, as the risk is high, no matter where you are..

narglefrog · 4 years ago

Cyclists should as it is their risk not wearing one, is it worth dying for?

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hookswool2 · 4 years ago

yes !!

jinnymk · 4 years ago

YES because you need to be safe

tiuri · 4 years ago

The problem is that we don't have a cycling culture in Britain.

vvvv · 4 years ago


viking · 4 years ago

You sooooooo need to wear a helmet, I mean, You Could Die !!!

viking · 4 years ago

any way who cares who got the first comment LOL

RoseBun · 4 years ago

It is for your own safety.

fox64 · 4 years ago


fox64 · 4 years ago

you look cooler with a helmet than without

amynatalie · 4 years ago

Yes but only if helmets are sold at all supermarkets if they are going to be a necessity like food and toiletries

loading795 · 4 years ago

Recently I was walking back from school and I saw a horrible crash and a boy from my school had crashed into a car and he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Luckily he didn’t get a head injury but he could have so that’s why we need helmets people!!!!

burgerboy · 4 years ago

You should wear a helmet to be safe!

nickmoo · 4 years ago

NO you shouldn't have to wear it its their choice if they want to injure themselves then go ahead its their fault but its much more safe to ride with a helmet on

izzy_xxxxx · 4 years ago

Wearing a helmet keeps you safe and it is not much to ask to wear a helmet because they don't cost much and it is not cool to be injured or dead because of a cycling accident.

Janya · 4 years ago

yes however, i think every person who owns a bike should get a comfortable FREE helmet that fits and suits them.

a.zafar · 4 years ago

Of course they should. Why would you risk your safety just to look cool?

reader9000 · 4 years ago

I think no, as research that took place a few years ago shows that people who wear helmets don't pay as much attention to the road and their steering as they think they are protected.

reader9000 · 4 years ago

I also think that the government should give people a bit of responsibility to make their own choices

joohyun56 · 4 years ago

I'm choosing yes and no because beginner cyclists probably have to wear helmets but experienced don't

tcgmgirl · 4 years ago

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lolteen23 · 4 years ago

My answer is Yes BUT if you are on a private road or a road which is not very busy it shouldn't be the law on those roads.

aliceypoo · 4 years ago

only if they dont want to die

drummer1 · 4 years ago

I think yes, but many other people think differently.

RockyTabbs · 4 years ago

Life changing events happen when you don't wear a helmet.
And if you do fall off your bike with a helmet on (like me) the pain is usually shock, so take deep breaths and you'll be fine :)

RockyTabbs · 4 years ago

But leave out the high visibility jacket bit.

hermione26 · 4 years ago

:) ):

pinkfood · 4 years ago

its for they're safety. they should know

elise2006 · 4 years ago

Definitely YES. But I don't think a high-vis

arguitar10 · 4 years ago

I think that its critical for a cyclist to wear a helmet whilst on a bike because you an either have the risk of being in hospital or just wear your helmet and have a normal day.

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22well · 4 years ago

Yes yes yes yes

RockyTabbs · 4 years ago

You could KILL yourself without a helmet.

sealover13 · 4 years ago

Your brain is one of the most important organs in the body you should wear a helmet so you don’t damage it!!!

pandacool · 3 years ago

any cyclist could fall of - even a pro. Better to be safe than sorry!

holholster · 3 years ago

Personally, I believe that all cyclists should be wearing a helmet. I don't care whether they are planning a short cycle, or a long ride in the park, but they should be wearing helmets, because, if they don't, it could result in serious injury.

lilpenguin · 3 years ago

Yes, my friend fell off a bike without a helmet on and went to hospital!

flyingjo · 3 years ago

I wear a helmet, and I actually WEAR it

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katkid10 · 10 months ago

If you don't have a helmet then you can hurt yourself very badly. This doesn't mean that you can still do reckless things though.