Chris Boardman: 'Shame on the government' for discussing compulsory cycle helmet law

Chris Boardman argues that making cycle helmet use compulsory in Britain will not lead to saving lives, and discussing it is distracting from the real cause of cyclist deaths and injuries

Chris Boardman

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Chris Boardman has written a strongly-worded article criticising the British government for discussing a law for the compulsory use of cycle helmets rather than focussing on the things that "really keep people safe and save the most lives".

Boardman's piece is in reaction to reports that compulsory helmet use and hi-vis clothing will be discussed as part of a Department for Transport review into cycling safety.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.