Just wear a helmet; you won’t regret it. But let’s make other safety improvements, too.
Helmets for safety, but don’t stop there
Shaun Murphy’s arguments against helmets (“To bicycle or not to bicycle?” April 15) miss the critical point: When you take a spill on your bike (and you will), would you rather your head hit the pavement (or the car fender or the light pole) directly or would you prefer an inch or so of foam to cushion the blow? I’ve done it both ways, and there’s no question that doing it with a helmet is preferable for all concerned.
When British troops were issued helmets in World War I, statistics showed a greater instance of head wounds treated, leading to the mistaken conclusion that the helmets weren’t helping and maybe were contributing to injuries. A closer look showed that the increase in head wounds happened because injuries that previously would have been fatal were reduced in severity. It’s the same for bike helmets. Wear them.
Christopher Wright, Minnetonka
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I wear a helmet because I figure it can’t hurt, but I hardly have the illusion that it is what keeps me safe on a bike. That’s why I laud folks like Murphy who propose real environmental improvements to bicycling in Minneapolis.
When I talk to prospective bicyclists, the thing they cite most for keeping them off a bicycle is not having a safe and comfortable place to ride.
It’s no coincidence that as bicycling becomes more popular in Minneapolis, the rate of bicyclists who are injured and killed declines. Minneapolis is a great place to bike, but we can do better with safety improvements on our busiest streets and by enticing more people to ride.
Grant Boelter, Minneapolis
STATE’S BUSINESS CLIMATE
Craft beer blockade is yet another blow
Is there any wonder why more and more businesses across the country, large and small, are relocating and expanding in more business-friendly, right-to-work states? Now we hear about new opposition at the Minnesota Legislature to craft beer sales on Sundays (“[N]ew opponent: The Teamsters,” Jon Tevlin column, April 16). Don’t expect support for the small entrepreneurial craft brewers over the Teamsters from this Legislature. Excessive taxes and public debt and overregulation of business seem the norm in Minnesota — just another log on the fire!
Mike Hohmann, Minneapolis
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