I had an odd experience on the way to work today. While driving by me and a guy leans over, looks at me and yells out his open passenger side window “Where’s your helmet?” His kid is in the back seat looking at me. This is a pretty common comment I get, but here is where things get twisted:
As he drives on I can see he is still pointing at his shaking head and looking at me in his rear view mirror, either at me or telling his kid I am crazy to be riding a bike without a helmet.
I can see he is wearing a hi-vis yellow t-shirt, which makes me think perhaps he is a “cyclist” and is probably giving his kid a lesson on bicycle safety. Then I notice he is not wearing a seat belt.
We apparently have a long way to go to get people to understand risk. Automobile crashes are the number one killer of children ages 4-14, and 16 (not 15 year olds for some reason) in the US.
Perhaps people on bicycles should start yelling “Get your kid out of that death trap!” to parents as they drive by us.
People are sure funny.