I’ve never shied away from controversy, in fact, I welcome open discussions. It’s healthy to listen to differing opinions because no one has all of the right answers (especially me)! I was pleased to receive the following comment on my blog site in response to my blog post introducing our “Mothers Against Naked Riding” campaign. Although I don’t agree with Elle’s concerns, I know there are people in the world who are not convinced helmets save lives. Here’s what Elle wrote: Seems rather odd to start a campaign based on such a weak scientific background. There is no conclusive evidence from anywhere in the world that bicycle helmets or other safety helmets have reduced head injury rates. If your agenda is scaring people off of bicycles and having society suffer from the subsequent – and massive – rise in lifestyle illnesses and obesity, then why don’t you just say it? Worried safety nannies with no respect for science or public health and who refuse to make an effort to look at science and consequences are a mockery. Let me guess… you’re funded by the helmet industry, right? Here was my response: Dear Elle, Thank you for your comments in response to our helmet safety campaign. There are plenty of facts to justify the need to wear safety helmets while biking, skating, skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing. Of course, it would be monotonous to fill a social media campaign with endless statistical data. Clearly the intention of our campaign is not to scare people off of bikes. In fact, we are encouraging more people to ride their bikes and, in general, maintain a healthy & active lifestyle … while, at the same time, wearing a safety helmet. Please rest assured that the helmet industry is NOT involved in our campaign in any respect. We are simply a group of concerned moms who want to encourage kids and adults to “Play It Safe”! The above comment is only one of many left by my readers in response to the blog post about our MANR campaign. To be honest, I'm shocked at how many people still debate the need to wear a safety helmet. Where do you stand on the issue of helmet safety? Please feel free to share your ideas and beliefs.
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