Saturday 25 November 2017 9.45pm
I was living in Italy when helmets were made compulsory for motorcyclists back in 1987.
No one liked having to be made to wear one, particularly women, since it ruined their hairdo (back then, big hair was in vogue, and a helmet totally flattened it).
As a compromise, mopeds (bikes with an engine capacity of 50cc or less) were exempt from this requirement mainly because most women used these machines instead of larger bikes (something to do with not needing a big machine to define their sexual prowess in the way many men do).
All of the arguments against having to wear a lid that I have read here, were also presented back then.
The main one was the 'false sense of security'
that would somehow make bikers take more risks on the road.
The way I see it, in London there is a 30 or 20 mph speed limit, this is a velocity that pedal cyclists can easily achieve and even surpass, so it does seem unfair that motorcyclists travelling at this speed must wear a helmet, but cyclists do not.
If the current standard for pedal cycle helmets is not good enough, then it should be required that street legal motorcycle helmets be worn instead.