Olympic Athlete calls for overhaul of road safety Laws

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The cyclist was hit outside the Olympic Park. The emergency services tried to save the cyclist at the accident scene but their efforts weren't enough and the gentleman died 30 minutes later. The driver of the bus was arrested and placed in custody at East London Police station.

The Olympian didn't only request for cycle helmet but took the opportunity to promote awareness not to cycle whilst listening to music through earphones on your ipod or MP3 which can dampen your senses and stop you being as alert.

Cycle helmets are proven to help prevent head injuries if you fall from your bike. However, when choosing a helmet you must make sure it meets British Standard (BS EN 1078:1997) and fits nice and snug, sitting just above your eyebrows, making sure the straps are securely fastened but not choking you, you should be able to get two fingers under the strap.

My  sympathy is with the family of the cyclist who lost his life and I hope that with an Olympian behind the campaign for cycle helmets to be compulsory the movement will take note.

David Chilcott

Associate of the Institute of Legal Executives - Personal Injury team

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