Weeks before the House of Commons select committee on health said cycling was THE single most effective weapon in the anti-obesity armoury, Cambridge MP Anne Campbell had lodged an Early Day Motion decrying helmet compulsion and praising cycling. Only 15 MPs have signed Campbell's EDM, more need to do so. Fax your MP - it's quick, easy and effective.

Ask your MP to sign anti-obesity, pro-cycling EDM

Early Day Motion 1091.

That this House recognises that the greatest threat to child health is obesity; agrees that encouraging sport and an active lifestyle in children is essential to preventing obesity in childhood and later life; while welcoming moves to encourage the use of cycle helmets, is persuaded that making it a criminal offence for children to cycle without wearing a helmet will discourage children from cycling and have a detrimental effect on child obesity; agrees that this health risk is far greater than the risks of head injury posed by cycling; and calls on the Government, not to criminalise young cyclists, but to encourage cycling and make it safer by improving cycle lanes and facilities around the country and promoting the potential benefits of wearing a helmet.



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