Northern Ireland’s Assembly has narrowly passed a bill mandating helmets for all cyclists. The fine for not wearing one looks set to be £50.
The backward step for cycling is the brainchild of Social Democrat Pat Ramsey. For someone who claims to support social justice, the environment and economic rejuvenation, blaming the victims of road trauma, and discouraging cycling by demonizing it seem a pretty strange way of doing so.
Perhaps most tellingly however, is the fact that his confirmed office confirmed that Pat Ramsey doesn’t even ride a bike!
Remember Pat, if you ever do get on a bike, no-one should stop you wearing a helmet if that’s what you want. Just don’t try and force people to conform to your beliefs in an area you know little about.
If you live in Northern Ireland, why don’t you drop him a line and tell him what you think.
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