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Lancashire police to reward children in drive for cycling safety

A ROAD safety initiative, which will see police rewarding children for wearing cycling helmets, is set to be rolled-out across Lancashire.

The scheme involves officers speaking to youngsters about the importance of wearing a helmet and giving out special activity packs to those who follow road safety advice.

More than 33,000 road safety packs are to be handed out to youngsters across the county, co-inciding with the start of the summer holidays.

Insp Alison Barff-Lewis said: “Wearing a cycling helmet can help to prevent injuries and can even save a life.

“This initiative is about encouraging children to wear a helmet and helping them to stay safe on our roads. “We first piloted this scheme in Coppull in November last year and children were very responsive to it. "We have therefore decided to roll the scheme out across the county and hopefully get the important message out to youngsters that they should always wear a helmet when riding their bike.”

The packs, which contain a certificate, a bookmark, a toy and a competition entry slip, have been supplied by the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust. Angela Lee, chief executive of the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust, said: “We are delighted that the Force is participating with this initiative.

"A total of 33,000 packs have been handed out across the country and they are a great way of interacting with young people on road safety.”

The Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust is an award-winning child cyclist's safety charity.

The Trust was founded in 1998 by a paediatric nurse who through her work saw the devastation head injury can cause not only to the child but to the whole family.

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7:42pm Tue 9 Aug 11

A V Lowe says...

When will people realise that dishing out protective equipment is the lowest priority for delivering safe operating conditions. The first is to remove or reduce the exposure to risks in the first instance.

This is being most effectively delivered by 20mph blanket speed limits for places where people live, and better interaction between road users. For the latter, the use of the safety equipment that is available to almost every cyclist - free - serves far better than any add-on equipment. So I do hope the pack delivers the messages of looking and listening as a higher priority than wearing a helmet.

Ironically in places where helmet wearing is compulsory the actual rate of head injuries has risen as the number of cyclists has slumped at a greater rate (Australia - fatal head injuries fell 16% cycling activity fell by 30% so effectively fatal injuries went UP). Worth noting also that helmet makers do not back-up the claims being made by pro-helmet wearing groups with an equivalent endorsement the labels note that cycle helmets may not prevent head injuries - go check for yourselves.

Remember too that the test is for a simple drop, square-on onto a flat surface equivalent to a 12mph impact very much unlike the oblique impact at 20mph or higher and both well above the impact capacity of a helmet, and introducing the much more deadly rotation of the brain and spinal column relative to the skull, which is actually much more robust than the helmet, and with a flesh & hair covering represents a few million years of evolution to protect the brain effectively, albeit with some damage to its self repairing sacrificial covering.

For a balanced view I'd recommend the less partial review on www.cyclehelmets.org
When will people realise that dishing out protective equipment is the lowest priority for delivering safe operating conditions. The first is to remove or reduce the exposure to risks in the first instance. This is being most effectively delivered by 20mph blanket speed limits for places where people live, and better interaction between road users. For the latter, the use of the safety equipment that is available to almost every cyclist - free - serves far better than any add-on equipment. So I do hope the pack delivers the messages of looking and listening as a higher priority than wearing a helmet. Ironically in places where helmet wearing is compulsory the actual rate of head injuries has risen as the number of cyclists has slumped at a greater rate (Australia - fatal head injuries fell 16% cycling activity fell by 30% so effectively fatal injuries went UP). Worth noting also that helmet makers do not back-up the claims being made by pro-helmet wearing groups with an equivalent endorsement the labels note that cycle helmets may not prevent head injuries - go check for yourselves. Remember too that the test is for a simple drop, square-on onto a flat surface equivalent to a 12mph impact very much unlike the oblique impact at 20mph or higher and both well above the impact capacity of a helmet, and introducing the much more deadly rotation of the brain and spinal column relative to the skull, which is actually much more robust than the helmet, and with a flesh & hair covering represents a few million years of evolution to protect the brain effectively, albeit with some damage to its self repairing sacrificial covering. For a balanced view I'd recommend the less partial review on www.cyclehelmets.org A V Lowe
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9:02am Wed 10 Aug 11

Bicyclist says...

If the Lancashire police have the time and resources to work for a single issue lobby group, BHIT, then clearly they have too much time on their hands. Perhaps they should read the report by the National Children's Bureau on children and cycling before they start working for a single issue lobby group. Perhaps at least the police cuts will mean they have to stop this nonsense.
http://www.cycle-hel
mets.com/cyclingrepo
rt_timgill.pdf
If the Lancashire police have the time and resources to work for a single issue lobby group, BHIT, then clearly they have too much time on their hands. Perhaps they should read the report by the National Children's Bureau on children and cycling before they start working for a single issue lobby group. Perhaps at least the police cuts will mean they have to stop this nonsense. http://www.cycle-hel mets.com/cyclingrepo rt_timgill.pdf Bicyclist
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