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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Helmet-free in Seattle?

Keep your head safe

Cyclists store their bikes on the ferry in February. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

Cyclists store their bikes on the ferry in February. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

Danny Westneat, I enjoy reading your articles, but I thought that your one about bike helmets today is a bit off the mark. [“Helmet-free Paris lights the way,” NW Wednesday, July 17.]

I have lived in Amsterdam and Southeast Asia, where, as you referenced, many people bike. The difference there is that drivers actually pay attention to bikers and share the road (or bikers have their own dedicated roads).

I do not believe that Seattle has the same culture, so as a biker I am not taking the risk. I wear a helmet. Not wearing a helmet is, in my opinion, a sign of vanity and stupidity in our car-obsessed culture. It is a bit like playing Russian roulette.

While having a helmet law may impede the city’s program, I wonder if there are more creative solutions than ditching a law that is meant to save people’s lives?

Elizabeth Kaehler, Seattle

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