is so enormous it’s outright ridiculous! and offensive!!
I was just cycling in downtown portland, nice day out, busy area with lots of people, some cars, and light rail trains
and some random middle-aged white man yelled at me from a corner as I passed,
WHERE’S YOUR HELMET?
I was momentarily shocked but then yelled back WHERE’S YOURS?!
cuz look at the statistics. look at those rates of pedestrian injuries and deaths from drivers hitting them. for what reason should people NOT be wearing helmets when walking around outside??
and look up the stats on car crashes. for what reason should people NOT be wearing helmets while driving??
why shouldn’t children be wearing helmets 24/7 indoors because of the danger of falling objects and sharp table corners??!
it’s obscenely ridiculous that the helmet thing has gotten so out of control and ingrained in american minds that random people will yell at people they don’t know to wear a helmet!!
plus, for me, it feels worse. I haven’t heard many stories from others about random people yelling at them to wear helmets, but in my experience..
it always seems like it’s middle-aged (or older) white men telling me to do shit.
as a young asian-american female, this is particularly sensitive to me. what the fuck
I can only assume that these men are tea partiers or republicans, from the midwest or south or something.
and hope that they treat everyone in the same patronising manner. (versus if it’s true that they only attack women and minorities)
like, did I blow through a red light?? did I kill someone??
gosh, the way he said it I might as well have. like it’s the greatest sin against society to not wear a helmet when riding a bike.