Oh the horror! During the president’s bicycle ride in Martha’s Vineyard with his children, he decided to (gasp!) not wear a helmet!
What’s the big deal anyways? Sure, he’s the president, but does that mean he can’t still have his freedom? I’m against Mandatory Helmet Laws. I think they suck. Where they’ve been implemented, there’s been statistics showing that bicycle riding has actually declined.
Also, there isn’t enough evidence to support that bicycle helmets really do save lives. They’re not made for the impact that a cyclist is most likely to suffer life threatening injuries: IE: Car + Bicycle
Wear a helmet if you want. Just don’t force the use on other people.
(I actually do wear my helmet every time I ride, mostly out of habit though)
The LA Times article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/08/obama-shuns-bike-helmet.html