Bicycle helmets

I just saw a Back to School ad showing a kid strapping on a helmet before he hopped on his bike to ride to school. I began riding a bike in New London, Connecticut, in 1957 or thereabouts and I rode one to school from fourth grade through my senior year of high school. Never once did I put on a helmet. When I briefly had my little 50cc motorbike I wore an open-face helmet with a shield and D-ring strap.

I rode two-lane roads to high school in Alexandria, Va., busy six-lane boulevards in Los Angeles, roads through the woods in Monterey, Ca. (and then straight down the hill to my driveway when school was out). I rode residential streets to fifth grade in San Pedro, Ca. and to seventh and eighth grades in Annandale, Va.

I suspect I’d have rebelled if told I should wear one, unless I was told it was the law.

Were helmets mandatory by the time you started riding a bike?

One Comment

  1. No, and I remember sailing thru the intersection of Westwood & Wilshire helmetless, while in college, nary a care.

    I think that’s one reason I don’t ride much anymore, hate the helmet

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