The cover quote, by Professor Andrew Oswald, kills the helmet compulsionists with kindness. The mag is now out but, for international readers of, a 10mb PDF of the full magazine can be downloaded. Note, you need to be a registered trade member of this site. The generic site passwords will cease to work from 1st June.

BicycleBusiness mag leads with kid-lid bill failure

The cover image can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on your point of view on the recent helmet debate.

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for the UK bicycle trade now that Martlew and his chubby chums have been defeated? Will we descend into darkness when the compulsionists ride again?

Or, was the Bill’s collapse a black day for children’s safety?

You pays your money, you takes your choice.

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Don’t squint to read the cover quote, here it is in all its glory:

"These measures were the work of outwardly rational and plausible politicians. As with most mistakes in life, they did not happen because of outright malice. They were made by honest men and women with the best of muddled intentions. The problem was sheer mental sloth…rather than on any appraisal of long-term costs and benefits."


Professor Oswald was referring to the ruination of British universities by politicians. However, the quote applies itself well to Westminster’s well-meaning compulsionists… Keep the quote handy, the ‘protective headgear for young cyclists’ bill could return…


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