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brain buckets, it’s what all the cool kids do

October 8, 2010

That’s MARTA’s latest post, the ride of his life, brings up a point I’ve been meaning to write about. I ride a bike, and That’s MARTA rides a scooter. Helmets are hot, and annoying, and not the most attractive accessory, and muss up your hair, we get it. But we wear them anyways.

I see people everyday riding without helmets and I want to scream at them. I’d throw something at them to knock them off, but that would defeat the point of me being mad at their blatant disregard for their soft, squishy, little pink brains.

A recent study released by the NYU Medical center found that 76% of the injured cyclists seen in their emergency rooms did not wear helmets, and no one wearing a helmet died, but a couple of non helmet wearers weren’t so lucky. Now, does this mean that helmet wearers are more likely to walk away from an accident, are less likely to engage in risky behavior and have less accidents or that helmets have some magical car and accident repellant qualities? We’ll probably never know. But whatever the case, it means you should get yourself a brain bucket and strap that baby on!

The Accidental Commuter and I have both worked with TBI patients. That’s Traumatic Brain Injury. Trust me, it’s not a cake walk. Your brain is very fragile and does some pretty remarkable stuff. The slightest blow can cause some major damage. My favorite patient that I worked with, we’ll call him Seth, was injured while riding his bike. He had a helmet on, but now has lost some motor functioning and can no longer ride. In fact, he walks with a cane. Without a helmet? Let’s just say he’d be lucky to walk at all.

There are some pretty awesome helmets out there, these are my favorite:

Brainwear for smart people

There are some pretty rad ones over here.

And for art lovers, check out Belle Helmets on Etsy. They’re even made to look like your brain.

So no excuses, strap it on! Or I’ll be sure to purposefully hit you and laugh. Not really, but it’s a good threat.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Aubree permalink
    October 9, 2010 11:24 am

    I’ve been considering getting a bike to help me better explore my new city (and get a bit of exercise in) and wondered if I’d really buy a helment and actually wear it (I have a slight problem with vanity). I think your post has convinced me Ash. I want to protect what little bit I got going on in my brain. So when I go to buy that bike maybe I can find a helmet with shoes painted all over it! 🙂

    • October 10, 2010 10:22 am

      I think a bike for you is a great idea, especially where you live! You can ride over the the village and pick up fresh veggies at the farmers market, and the DART has those awesome bike racks. I may follow you to Dallas yet! But yes, helmets are so important! I’m glad I converted you!


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