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Cycle helmet controversy reignited by Olympic death after Wiggins gold

Comments by Olympic gold medal cyclist Bradley Wiggins apparently calling for cycling helmets to be made compulsory, in the wake of a cyclist’s death near the Olympic Park, were generally given short thrift by media commentators, who argued that this measure would do more harm than good.

Rik Thomas

The tragic death of a cyclist, killed by a bus transporting journalists to one of the Olympic venues during the 2012 London Games, generated a brief but intense debate in the media on the merits, or otherwise, of cycling helmets. This debate was, however, prompted not so much by the death itself but by off-the-cuff remarks made by Olympic gold medal cyclist Bradley Wiggins.

“The death… prompted a call from gold medal-winner Bradley Wiggins for all bike riders to wear helmets and...

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