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For years and years I have cycled without a bicycle helmet. I'd looked at the stats and felt convinced that it is safer overall if everyone cycles without one (not including racing or mountain biking). In my new commute I'd noticed that the cars and vans pass really closely the nearer to my destination I get. Then I noticed that far more of the other cyclists have helmets on than at the beginning of my journey. The difference between people who work with computers and people who work in a hospital? I don't know but I felt increasingly unsafe and threatened so I went and bought a helmet. I don't mind wearing it, I mostly forget it's there so whatever. I think cars are now passing closer than before but maybe that's my own bias.

I feel like a traitor though. I feel like I'm contributing in a little way to the idea that cycling is dangerous and unsafe. That I need to protect myself rather than cars needing to take care.
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