Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

July 13, 2013

Students: It’s important to wear a bicycle helmet

Dear Times News Editor,

Bicycle safety is important because many people have died or been seriously injured. Many of you know what happened to Bradley Bridges who lost his life because he was trying to do a trick and landed on his head. When that happened Mrs. Bridges and the rest of his friends and family were very sad.

Another person who hit his head is Mr. Thompson who hit his head one day riding on a bike trail. He lost most of his memory for a short time, couldn’t walk, talk, and was in the hospital for at least two months.

Afterwards, Mrs. Bridges started handing out helmets to people that needed one like she did in my algebra class at Washington Middle school. So if you wear a helmet it could save your life.,

Noah Bunner

Dear Times-News Editor,

Bike safety is a serious issue that more people need to be aware of. Not wearing a helmet when riding a bike is very dangerous., and if you are not wearing a helmet while riding a bike and have an accident, it can be life changing.

As it was for 18 year old Bradley Bridges who lost his life on August, 6, 2010, due to a head injury that could have been prevented if he would have had on a helmet. Or for my teacher, Mr. Thompson who forgot his helmet one day and spent months in the hospital not remembering anything and lost many brain cells.

Mrs. Bridges, Bradley’s mom, came into our class and told us her story about her son’s death and how it could have been prevented. If he would have just simply had a helmet on that day he would still be here.

She then handed out helmets to everyone in the class that needed one so they would be safe while riding and would not have to go through what she did.

Everyone needs to wear a helmet while riding, for their own safety.

Malakia May

Dear Sirs,

We all have to wear a helmet to protect ourselves and others. If you don’t think wearing a helmet is cool, sitting in a hospital bed isn’t cool. I’ve heard of a story where a man went biking.

He forgot his helmet back home, so he decided to go without it. Along the path, his mirror hit a pole, turning his handlebars and putting him on the ground. He was lucky his friend was there to call emergency services.

He had to stay in the hospital for a long time, and a consequence for his decision led to a lost memory.

Recently, someone came to Washington Middle School to talk about wearing a helmet. She told us of another story in which a life was lost, and the cause was not wearing a helmet. She was kind enough to give us all free helmets.

So, as you can see, wearing a helmet is cool, and if you see someone not wearing a helmet, stop and tell them “wear a helmet, it might save your life one day.”

Rusty Kunis

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