Bradley Wiggins comments on cycle safety laws after cyclist killed outside Olympic venue
In the wake of the death of 28 year old Daniel Harris, who was knocked off his bike outside the Olympic Park by a bus, Gold medallist and Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins has commented that the law should require cyclists to wear helmets.
He called for the change in legislation “because ultimately, if you get knocked off and you ain’t got a helmet on, then how can you kind of argue”.
Prior to a news conference following his medal winning performance Mr Wiggins commented that people “shouldn’t be riding along with iPods and phones and things on and [they] should have lights and all those things. So I think when there’s laws passed for cyclists, then you’re protected and you can say, well, I’ve done everything to be safe. It’s dangerous and London is a busy city with a lot of traffic. I think we have to help ourselves sometimes.
He continued “I haven’t lived in London for 10 to 15 years now and it’s got a lot busier since I was riding a bike as a kid round here, and I got knocked off several times. But at the end of the day we’ve all got to co-exist on the roads. Cyclists are not ever going to go away, as much as drivers moan, and as much as cyclists maybe moan about certain drivers they are never going to go away, so there’s got to be a bit of give and take.”