Bad Habit Broken
A few posts ago, I was having a fantastic hair day. And to share my great hair day with you all, I took a few pictures, one of which was whilst I was peddling to work on my bike. Many of you noticed that I was not wearing my helmet in this picture, and rightfully called me out for doing so in the comments section.
Confession: if I am having a good hair day (such as in the aforementioned post) or if my hair is wet, I don’t wear a helmet for biking. Is it a smart idea to sacrifice safety just to let Lola enjoy some natural blow drying and/or sunshine? Absolutely not. But these good hair day>safety occasions were rare so I let the helmet thing slide.
That is, until last Friday.
I had wanted to wash my hair that morning before work, but woke up late/was lazy so I didn’t, if I had, this post would be very different and potentially non-existent. So I went through my morning routine: ate my oatmeal, packed my backpack, put a silk scarf over Lola, buckled up my helmet, pressed play on the ipod, and was out the door. About 7 blocks from my house, I was descended an extremely steep hill at about 30mph, like I do every morning. Unlike every other morning, a mom and her young son and his friend decided to jaywalk across the street without looking both ways. Before I knew it BAM! Collision! I’m flipping over my handle bars, landing on my side, skidding along the pavement and slamming my *helmeted* head against the pavement. The next few hours were a blur of cops, sirens, a stint in the emergency room and lots of bandages. In the end, aside from a bunch of bruises, cuts, and road rash, nothing too serious came of the bike crash, but it was plenty scary. The paramedics insisted that my helmet had saved me from incurring serious injuries as they had seen one too many fatal collisions at that intersection, all involving helmet-less cyclists.
So guess who is not riding sans helmet ever again? This gal. Not worth it, even on a good hair day. Besides, I go to great lengths to protect Lola from damage (ie. not combing, only using natural products, avoiding silicones, wrapping her up at night) and therefore it only makes sense to protect her with a helmet while I ride.