Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pet Peeve: Helmetless Parents

This has been on my mind for some time. Please sound off about this. I'd love to know what you all think about this:

Over the past few years (read: since becoming a parent), I have frequently noticed parents riding a bike with their child in the bike seat. Child is wearing a helmet, parent is not. This includes on bike paths and on very busy, sometimes dangerous, streets. What the heck???

So, you'll protect your child's brain but you don't mind if your brain matter ends up on a car or curb? You apparently think your head is a lot harder than your child's? You're such a smart person that your head is bigger than normal and you couldn't find a helmet in your size?

I don't care if you're Bill Gates or a Nobel Prize winner. You're a moron if you're not wearing a helmet and you're really not playing with a full deck if you have your kid wearing one and you aren't. I just want to come up to you and knock some sense into because you obviously don't have any.

Why don't you take a long walk though a traumatic brain injury clinic. I used to work in one. Spend a few minutes talking to some of these patients (or trying to) and you'll not only think twice about not wearing a helmet, you'll may start to think you should wear one when you're out jogging.

This is a pet peeve I'll never get past!


Tricia said...

I agree. Everyone on a bike should wear a helmet. My pet peeve is also bike riders who choose to listen to their IPod while riding their bike and/or wear flip flops.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who chooses not to wear a helmet is stupid! You never know when you might hit a rock or turn too sharply and fall off your bike. I wear a helmet because I don't want to be a vegetable in the hospital. I want to play with my nieces and nephews, get married, and enjoy my nursing career.