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Schoolgirl talks of the importance of wearing a helmet

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

Ten-year-old Maisy Vincent, top right,  talks to her friends at Sithney School about the importance of wearing a cycle helmet.

Ten-year-old Maisy Vincent, top right, talks to her friends at Sithney School about the importance of wearing a cycle helmet.

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A SCHOOLGIRL has urged her friends to wear helmets when cycling after falling off her bicycle.

Maisy Vincent, a pupil at Sithney School, received a number of injuries, resulting in an overnight hospital stay.

Her mum Vicky is convinced Maisy's injuries could have been much more serious had she not been wearing a helmet.

Now she and her daughter aim to get the message across to as many people as possible.

Maisy, 10, who is still recovering from her injuries, went back to school on Friday to talk to her friends, some of whom witnessed her accident.

It happened when she had to brake hard and she "flipped over the handlebars" of her bike, said Mrs Vincent.

Sprained

"She had no idea what happened. She ended up in hospital. She sprained her wrists badly and hurt her neck."

Maisy was also suffering moments of memory loss.

Mrs Vincent added: "It might have been much worse, if not fatal, if it hadn't been for the helmet."

Maisy said: "I am feeling OK now. I want to get the message across that it is important to wear a helmet."

She added that she was hoping to return to school after half-term.

Mrs Vincent said Maisy often rode to and from school from her home, which was about 500 yards away.

"Riding on the pavement, it is really safe, and a really lovely journey.

"It was just one of those things but it hasn't put her off cycling."

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  • BurttheBike  |  October 26 2012, 11:16AM

    While I'm glad that Maisy is recovering well, it is not clear that she understands anything about the risks of cycling or the alleged benefits of cycle helmets, and it is likely that she is merely repeating the propaganda that is used to hoodwink the public. She is of course, only ten years old, but it is disappointing that quite so many adults have swallowed the helmet lies without bothering to check the simplest facts. Nowhere with a helmet law or massive rise in helmet wearing after propaganda campaigns can show any reduction in risk to cyclists, and the biggest ever research project showed a small but significant increase in risk with helmet wearing. Almost nobody in Denmark or Holland wears a helmet, but cycling there is much safer than in countries where there is a helmet law or the majority of cyclists wear helmets. Cycling is about as dangerous, or safe, as walking, but the propaganda always represents cycling as being incredibly dangerous. Regular cyclists live longer and are fitter, healthier and slimmer than the general public, so the risks of cycling are negative and it is more dangerous not to ride a bike than to ride one. Helmet propaganda and calls for a helmet law have two effects: a reduction in the number of cyclists and obscene profits for the helmet manufacturers, there is no safety benefit. Because cycling confers such huge health benefits, and the people deterred from cycling by the propaganda lose those benefits, the effects of such propaganda are very large and very negative. It is probably not a coincidence that the countries with helmet laws are the most obese on earth. Check out cyclehelmets.org for a few facts rather than propaganda.

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