The Sun 4th Feb 2008 ...." a poignant new picture of Maddie on her bike last spring"
Why cycle helmets save lives - Brake
"Wearing a helmet is recommended for all cyclists, but it is especially important for children. Children often have less control over their movements on a bike and are more likely to make errors of judgement. Child cyclists are also smaller and therefore harder for drivers to spot.
Helmets are effective for cyclists of all ages, in crashes which do and do not involve another vehicle. A 1999 report by the British Medical Association (BMA) strongly recommended that all cyclists, but especially children, wear a helmet when riding on the public highway.
In early 2004, Eric Martlew MP introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill (Protective Headgear for Young Riders), which would make helmet wearing compulsory for all children riding bikes.
A law to make cycle helmet wearing compulsory for children is supported by the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Child Accident Prevention Trust, the Children’s Brain Injury Trust, Headway (the brain injury association), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, and Brake.
A Bill passed in 1990 made it compulsory for children on horseback to wear a helmet"
Visit the site to see what Dr Tim Coats who is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Leicester and sees first-hand the horrific injuries suffered by cyclists in road accidents has to say about children wearing helmets.
Curiously Dr Gerry McCann, the father of Madeleine McCann is a cardiologist at Glenview Hospital , Leicester one of the 3 hospitals in the University of Leicester Hospital NHS Trust.
The McCann family can consider themselves lucky that helmetless Madeleine did not suffer a head or brain injury before she disappeared from her 'trusting and caring' family.