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Bike-Safety Groups Take President Obama Head on After Ride Without Helmet
New York Daily News ^ | 8/28/09 | David Saltonstall, Michael Saul

Posted on 08/28/2009 4:36:17 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Perhaps President Obama didn't want to look uncool on his bike ride Thursday, but his decision to skip the helmet had safety experts banging their heads.

Obama, on vacation with his family in Martha's Vineyard, joined the First Lady and his daughters yesterday for a ride in Aquinnah, a town at the western, most rural end of the island.

The President appeared to be the only one with no helmet.

Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group in New York, speculated the President might have been concerned about his image.

"Helmets look goofy - you look a little dorky," he said. "When you're the leader of the free world you have to look tough."

White agreed it would have been better if Obama had worn his helmet, but cut him a little slack.

There's a difference between riding on the congestion-clogged streets of Manhattan and a bucolic swath of Massachusetts, he said.

David Mozer, director of the International Bicycle Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group in Seattle, disagreed.

"Most bike accidents just happen. Bicycles up and turn over by themselves, and head injuries are a possible consequence of that," he said. "Head injures don't heal well, and they can be very expensive and life-long."

"It would be great if the President set an example," Mozer said.

Still, Mozer conceded, "It's really hard to get the girl when you're wearing a helmet - they're not real flattering."

But he pointed out bicycling superstar Lance Armstrong looks cool in his helmet.

Last year during the campaign, Obama became the target of ridicule on the Internet when he was photographed riding with a helmet in Chicago.

Perhaps that's why White House spokesman Bill Burton seemed mildly surprised to learn his boss was not wearing his safety gear.

"I know that he generally does wear a helmet when he rides a bicycle," Burton told reporters. "He supports the wearing of bicycle helmets."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: bhovacation; dangerous; marthasvineyard; nannystate; obama; obamafamily; vacation
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1 posted on 08/28/2009 4:36:18 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Flat tire One.


2 posted on 08/28/2009 4:38:45 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: Diogenesis

INFLATE HERE, INFLATE NOW!

3 posted on 08/28/2009 4:40:43 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: nickcarraway

I am no fan of him, but it’s his call whether or not to wear a helmet.... he should tell the groups to stuff it... Besides, if he were seriously injured, his ObamaCare mentors will discuss with him quality of life and how he has the option to end it all.


4 posted on 08/28/2009 4:40:52 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: nickcarraway

Gotta side with Zero on this one: those helmets are dorky, and I’d rather die with some dignity than live wearing one of them.


5 posted on 08/28/2009 4:41:12 AM PDT by Salo
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To: nickcarraway

N0 news, please.


6 posted on 08/28/2009 4:41:23 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: nickcarraway

These moaning do-gooders kicked off about a statue in a Cincinnati suburb (i.e., inanimate representations of humans made out of bronze) featuring kids riding bikes. There was an expression of exhilaration on their faces but - HORRORS - the sculptor omitted helmets!

Perhaps the most annoying aspect of the Safety Nazis is their naked opportunism: a president, a celebrity, a film, a TV show are there simply to serve as set pieces for their control freakery.


7 posted on 08/28/2009 4:43:19 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Salo
Gotta side with Zero on this one: those helmets are dorky, and I’d rather die with some dignity than live wearing one of them.

Anyone know how many head injuries are suffered when not on some kind of wheels, like walking and slipping on something or having someone else run into you?
8 posted on 08/28/2009 4:45:03 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: nickcarraway
it would have been better if Obama had worn his helmet, but cut him a little slack.

Slack is for taking up, not for giving out.

And this guy is a champion turd-slacker.

9 posted on 08/28/2009 4:45:11 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t the health care advocates (Nazis) scream about the “idiots” on the motorcycle and wreck being a burden on our current health care system? Well, “that ONE” is who they are talking about.


10 posted on 08/28/2009 4:45:51 AM PDT by vg0va3 (I don't plan to quit the fight until it is finally over.)
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To: Diogenesis
Last year during the campaign, Obama became the target of ridicule on the Internet when he was photographed riding with a helmet in Chicago.

Because he was wearing his helmet BACKWARDS, duh!

11 posted on 08/28/2009 4:47:14 AM PDT by LikeLight (http://www.believersguidetolegalissues.com)
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To: nickcarraway

” Bicycles up and turn over by themselves “

There ought to be a special circle in Hell for people who utter this kind of inane stupidity in public....


12 posted on 08/28/2009 4:47:36 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: nickcarraway
"Most bike accidents just happen. Bicycles up and turn over by themselves,"

Wow! Is this a recent development? This should be headline news at every science convention in the world! We're gonna need millions in grant money to study this "up-and-turn-over" phenomenon! /s

Sheesh. Is this how helmet laws got passed?
13 posted on 08/28/2009 4:47:58 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: vg0va3

Oh, and don’t wear one either since I pay for my own health care coverage.


14 posted on 08/28/2009 4:48:03 AM PDT by vg0va3 (I don't plan to quit the fight until it is finally over.)
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To: Diogenesis

Look at this droky-looking guy and his friends!

15 posted on 08/28/2009 4:48:30 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: nickcarraway

Unfortunately, I have to side with the Obamessiah on this one.

He should tell these people to kiss his bicycle seat.


16 posted on 08/28/2009 4:48:39 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Uh, I mean ‘dorky.’


17 posted on 08/28/2009 4:49:33 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: Salo

” Gotta side with Zero on this one “

Has anybody checked on where this picture was taken?? He may very well be in violation of a local ordinance...

If so, would it rise to the level of ‘high crimes and *misdemeanors*??


18 posted on 08/28/2009 4:50:24 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: theDentist

>>I am no fan of him, but it’s his call whether or not to wear a helmet.... he should tell the groups to stuff it... <<
Yep.


19 posted on 08/28/2009 4:50:53 AM PDT by RobRoy (This too will pass. But it will hurt like a you know what.)
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To: LikeLight
Because he was wearing his helmet BACKWARDS, duh!

with a flat tire no less.

20 posted on 08/28/2009 4:50:54 AM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: LearsFool

Maybe Obama’s science “czar” has repealed the laws of physics.


21 posted on 08/28/2009 4:51:24 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: nickcarraway

He wanted his tan to be more even.


22 posted on 08/28/2009 4:51:59 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: Right Wing Assault

In that part of the country, I heard it’s more dangerous to go for an evening drive across narrow bridges.


23 posted on 08/28/2009 4:53:25 AM PDT by maine yankee
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To: Uncle Ike

No dice.

Bicycle helmets are only required for people 16 years of age and under in that locality.

Darn!


24 posted on 08/28/2009 4:53:26 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: maine yankee

I remember hearing something like that also...


25 posted on 08/28/2009 4:54:02 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: WayneS

” Bicycle helmets are only required for people 16 years of age and under in that locality. “

Drat...

Too bad it refers to calendar age, and not mental/emotional development...

;)


26 posted on 08/28/2009 4:55:52 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: nickcarraway

No fan of bike helmets....and not because they look goofy.

The fetish of bike helmets will die once the deaths and crippling injuries from cervical (neck) injuries moves to the forefront.

If you land on your head, wearing a bike helmet, you are more likely to break and/or dislocate vertebrae in your neck...causing paralysis and/or death. Helmets put more stress on your neck in high-impact crashes and accidents.


27 posted on 08/28/2009 5:01:16 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Illegal alien amnesty is anti-American bigotry)
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To: nickcarraway
But he pointed out bicycling superstar Lance Armstrong looks cool in his helmet.

Uh, no he doesn't. He looks like a colossal dork, just like everyone else.

28 posted on 08/28/2009 5:06:21 AM PDT by Sloth (Ted Kennedy's brain tumor has killed more people than my gun.)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

I will have to “dig” through my computer files at home, but I think I have a copy of a news story from a few years ago which announced the results of a “surprising” study which had found that bicycle accident fatality rates were INCREASING in areas/localities that adopted mandatory bicycle helmet laws.

And, if I am not mistaken, C1 vertebrae fractures / “hangmans” breaks and brain injury due to major concussions NOT accompanied by skull fractures, appeared to be the primary drivers behind the increase.


29 posted on 08/28/2009 5:10:59 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: nickcarraway
"Most bike accidents just happen. Bicycles up and turn over by themselves, and head injuries are a possible consequence of that," he said.

Is it possible there are people this stupid? What is the possibility of a possible consequence of a bike turning up and over by itself?
30 posted on 08/28/2009 5:11:35 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: nickcarraway

Obama getting a head injury may actually knock some sense into him.


31 posted on 08/28/2009 5:13:21 AM PDT by maddog55 (Socialism is communism with fewer re-education camps.)
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To: nickcarraway
"Helmets look goofy - you look a little dorky," he said. "When you're the leader of the free world you have to look tough."

I guess Obama's predecessor didn't have to worry so much about "looking tough". I definitely remember a helmet in the bicycling pics of 43.

32 posted on 08/28/2009 5:13:54 AM PDT by Charles Martel (NRA Lifetime Member since 1984; TSRA rookie)
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t they know there is a Secret Serviceman that is supposed to throw himself between the Presidents head and the pavement at all times???


33 posted on 08/28/2009 5:14:18 AM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: nickcarraway

I have ridden a bike for 60 some odd years without a helmet. I always wear one when I ride my motorcycle.


34 posted on 08/28/2009 5:15:16 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

I remember a skiing instructor telling us that helmets really didn’t improve safety on the slopes for the reasons you cite. Apparently the safest thing to do is avoid trees. Who knew.


35 posted on 08/28/2009 5:19:10 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Salo
those helmets are dorky, and I’d rather die with some dignity than live wearing one of them

Be careful what you wish for. You might not die before spending months, possibly years, having your diapers changed several times a day. Head injuries offset a lot of dignity we take for granted.

I'd sooner wear the dorky helmet with red ear tufts and a fiberoptic mobile on top.

36 posted on 08/28/2009 5:19:12 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Rebellion is not brewing. Frog is brewing.)
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To: Uncle Ike

If guns can go off by themselves, why can’t bikes turn over by themselves?


37 posted on 08/28/2009 5:20:34 AM PDT by Roos_Girl ("Obama is Kenyan for idiot" - CC)
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To: stevie_d_64

” there is a Secret Serviceman that is supposed to throw himself between the Presidents head and the pavement “

That must be the fat white guy (wearing the red shirt) in the picture.... I wondered who he was....


38 posted on 08/28/2009 5:20:58 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Salo

“Gotta side with Zero on this one”

NO....Zero wants to pass laws that the rest of us have to abide by. He can do the same...or be impeached. ;-)


39 posted on 08/28/2009 5:22:52 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: nickcarraway
There's a difference between riding on the congestion-clogged streets of Manhattan and a bucolic swath of Massachusetts, he said.

Not much difference between how hard the pavement is, though.

40 posted on 08/28/2009 5:41:42 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (Save the Hispaniolan Solenodon!)
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To: theDentist
ObamaCare mentors will discuss with him quality of life and how he has the option to end it all.

Unfortunately, no. 0bama has exempted himself and congress from having to endure their program. They have their own "special" program - for the elite. Us peasants are the only ones that have to endure the death panels.

41 posted on 08/28/2009 5:44:14 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO - No socialist Bureaucrat on a Death Panel is going to decide whether I live or die!)
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To: nickcarraway
I started riding a bicycle to deliver the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin in Ocean City, NJ, at about age 13. Kept riding throughout my life (so far). Started wearing a helmet way before it was cool, the first one looked like an 'Star Wars Imperial Storm Trooper' helmet. I am a good rider but I have 3 helmets on the shelf that had saved me more serious injury than I got.

I NEVER ride without one and it does not take speed to have an accident. I sincerely wish I had a picture of me when I had my bike standing still and turned the front wheel too far and down I went like the best of the 'prat-fall' comics. Funny now, but I fell HARD and the helmet saved at least a major bruise but probably more.

Having said this, when I see pictures like this of the President, my libertarian ideals and my experience war with each other. I do know one thing, that parents are the very best role models for their kids before they become 'too smart'. It is different to say "wear it because it is the law" versus "wear it because I do".

42 posted on 08/28/2009 5:48:01 AM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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That must be the fat white guy ...

Hard to tell from photo but the 'fat' might be body armor and concealed communication equipment. Just speculating.

43 posted on 08/28/2009 5:51:13 AM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

But that will save the public healthcare system money. Hence the need to wear the helmets.


44 posted on 08/28/2009 6:17:01 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
The President appeared to be the only one with no helmet.

I guess there is NO gray matter in there to protect.

45 posted on 08/28/2009 6:41:32 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Jimmy Carter - now the second worst POTUS ever. BHO has #1 spot in his sights.)
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To: RobRoy
I am no fan of him, but it’s his call whether or not to wear a helmet.... he should tell the groups to stuff it

OTOH, if his decision to not wear a helmet could result in my being subjected to the hell of President Joe Biden, then I think it is my right as a US citizen to tell Zero to wear a damn helmet!

46 posted on 08/28/2009 6:44:01 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember

...and body armor.

;^)


47 posted on 08/28/2009 6:48:36 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: nickcarraway

I won’t wear one either but I still intensely dislike the president.


48 posted on 08/28/2009 7:03:23 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: theDentist

LOL!


49 posted on 08/28/2009 7:06:04 AM PDT by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: Pilated

The bike helmet issue hasn’t swayed you to his side?


50 posted on 08/28/2009 7:23:43 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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