As I was waiting for the lights to change at Belconnen Way & Coulter Drive this afternoon, I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a dark-haired male cyclist wheeling through the intersection. What particularly caught my attention was that he wasn’t wearing a bicycle helmet. A quick double-take confirmed something even more startling: the cyclist was my 25 yr old son — who seems to make a practice of riding his motorcycle wearing jeans and street shoes, despite owning Draggin’ jeans and motorcycle boots.
The obvious question is: ‘Do you have a death-wish, or are you just immature and stupid?’ This doesn’t seem to be terribly effective, however; nor are photographs of other riders’/cyclists’ injuries, which are not perceived as remotely related to him. His usual excuse for the cavalier attitude is some version of ‘couldn’t be bothered’ (eg, ‘Takes too much time).
I understand that possession of a certain amount of male bravery and courage has served humanity well when we lived in caves and young males needed to take risks in order to slay wooly mammoths and fight off attacking tribes. However, given that we are now talking about completely unnecessary risks which can and do result in horrific and life-changing injuries or death, can someone please suggest a way to impress upon young males that complete disregard for their own safety is really not cool?