WITH the argument about helmet laws I have always looked to the Netherlands, where cyclists are the majority and helmets are scarce.
Not long ago I would have joined the hordes chanting 'nanny state', 'I don't ride regularly enough to need a helmet', 'I'm an adult, I should be able to choose' and 'It's no one else's problem if I get hurt'.
Wrong. Actually sitting down to think about it, these attitudes just don't add up.
Comparing Australia's cycling infrastructure to the Netherlands' is like comparing the Lawrence bridge to the Golden Gate bridge.
The fact that I'm an adult means I should be sensible enough to realise it's not just me that would be affected by a bad accident. Hearing Peter Hughes explain how scared his young daughter is for him to go for a ride after his experience, and knowing how different the outcome could have been if not for his helmet, just cements that.
Then there was last summer when I discovered a new-found love for head protection as I was relentlessly attacked by a magpie on Southgate Rd, much to the delight of my partner who was filming the whole sorry episode.
Helmets still suck. They are sweaty, uncool, uncomfortable and worst of all give you helmet hair.
But now the stakes are higher if you get caught out and even higher if you don't.
It's just not worth the risk.