I wear a helmet because I want to, not because I have to…

Hyperventilating Health and Safety bureaucrats rule the world, and we let them hijack day in day out our own responsibilities. As a citizen, I do not need a brain any longer, all I need to do is following the ever increasing rules and regulations issued by a army of nerds. And if anything goes wrong, we hire a lawyer to sue the shit out of somebody close.

This is a very dangerous development.

I am very worried by recent announcements, where people, sitting in dark back-rooms in Brussels or Westminster, are trying to force us bikers to wear HiVis day glow vests. I am not against HiVis clothing, I own one myself, but I want to decide when and where to wear it, and not be ordered by some public servant who is paid to invent new regulations. The point is: they do not have these ideas because they want to save the world, no, they just want to save their job and be important.

We live in a overly regulated world, where any kind of personal responsibility is discouraged. All what our children learn is to wait for the little green man, and they do not know anymore how to cross a street in safety once the traffic lights break down. This is very wrong, and dangerous. Some communities start to realise this and dismantle traffic lights altogether, leaving it to few simple rules, common sense and the observation skills of its citizens to organise their movements. In principle, we are all willing to respect a set of rules and values, but if our own intelligence gets questioned by politicians piling regulations on regulations, we start to loose the respect of rules, and worse, we start to break them. And it becomes fatal, when we start to break the wrong ones.

Me in yellow at a 4am start John O’Groats – Lands End Iron Butt run to

I wear a HiVis on occasions, when I ride in dark foggy winter conditions, but on a sunny day, my black leathers or even T-shirt for the short dash to TESCO will do just fine. You may consider this risky, yes, but it’s a risk I take, you are not put at risk at all. So let me live my life, if you want to spend yours sweating in a Ronald MacDonald costume, fine with me.

I do not want to ride my bike looking like a clown, I want to decide when I wear a HisVis and when not. The point is: all I endanger is my own life, so please step back and let me decide what to do with it. If some cool dude want to ride without helmet, gloves and in his flippers, let him, its his choice to turn his life at a much too early stage into that of a rotting tomato.

The thing with these health and safety bureaucrats is that they never stop being creative. Today its HiVis for all bikers, tomorrow all cars have to be painted in either bright yellow and orange. Seriously, if I have to ride along in a yellow or orange clowns costume to be seen, I expect every pedestrian to wear the same garbage men’s HiVis vest, so we all can see us during daydreaming. And then we all will suddenly ride faster, and walk with even less attention, as -hurray- we can expect to be seen!! A fatally wrong development, as all our attentions will reduce dramatically. The first to die will be cats and dogs, ah no, wait, stupid me, they will also have to wear Hi-Vis vests.

In a sea of yellow and orange, black becomes the new HiVis colour. Leave Hi-Vis vests for those who actually need them: traffic obstacles. A broken down car driver, the road workers, RAC, AA and ambulance or police, and many others, as they are all temporary sudden obstacles that deserve a special high level of recognition and protection. But normal traffic participants like cars and bikes are not a obstacle.

If we follow the bureaucrats misguided inspirations, we will drown in a bright sea of hi-vis colours, not recognising anymore what is a traffic obstacle and what a normal participant. That is when serious accidents will start to happen.


7 Responses to “I wear a helmet because I want to, not because I have to…”

  1. LibertyCareche Says:

    Tout à fait d’accord. Il serait juste à l’allure ou vont les choses que tout piéton porte un gilet fluorescent . Le monde de la mode va être heureux.
    De façon indirecte, il semble que le libre choix de sa tenue soit donc supprimé. Quel sera la prochaine brèche dans les droits de l’homme ?

  2. By the way Axel …….when are you gonna clean those white walls !!!!!

    • White walls are soon history for me. After 20k on my first set in 18 month, I decided to go black. White Walls are beautiful and fine for the occasional ride, but with my mileage it is too much work to keep them shipshape, as a simple shampoo does not do the trick.

  3. The really cruel thing about it is what there trying to protect us from is cars pulling out in front of us…………Well if they cant see a head lamp on (which by the way will hide your hi-vis jacket) then no amount hi-vis anything is going to be seen !!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I hate to hear this happening over in the UK. Is there a motorcycle advocacy group in the EU or the UK similar to what we have in the states like the AMA or ABATE?

  5. No offense, but Britons have the government they voted for. And that government has willfully surrendered Britain’s sovereignty and currency and culture to the socialist ideal. This, after defeating the Spanish Armada, Napoleon, and Adolph Hitler. It’s too late to complain now.

    All you can ask for is the last Englishman to lower the Jack and turn out the lights as he leaves.

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