Road Safety Week Blog
Twelve-year-old Maisie Godden-Hall says wearing a cycle helmet saved her life. She is so passionate about getting children to wear helmets, she launched a petition with support from Cycle-smart Foundation. Here, she shares her story.
"I’m 12 years old, but my incident happened nearly two years ago when I just turned 11. I was cycling to school and had to brake suddenly because a car didn’t stop at the side junction in front of me. I flew over my handlebars and landed on the side of my head in front of the car. The driver didn’t see me, and ran over me, trapping me underneath.
"My cycle helmet cracked when I hit the road and melted while resting on the exhaust under the car. But the helmet didn’t break, and my head remained protected.
"I was flown by air ambulance to hospital where I stayed lying flat for almost a month. I then had two months where I needed to use a wheelchair and then crutches, until finally I was allowed to walk again.
"It was a really scary time for me and my family. But because I wore my helmet things weren’t as horrific as they could have been. I thought nothing like this could ever happen to me, but it did.
"So, I wanted to make other children aware of how important it is to wear a helmet. That’s why I started my own petition, calling on the Government to make wearing a cycle helmet law for children.
"They might not look stylish, but helmets save lives, and it saved mine!"
It is stories like Maisie’s that inspire Cycle-smart Foundation to continue with their mission to make cycling safer for children. Cycle-smart Foundation has been influencing and educating children about helmets and personal safety for 20 years, and while observations show that helmet use is more the norm today, there is still a high percentage of children that cycle without wearing appropriate protection.
Cycle-smart Foundation says that cycle helmets save lives and reduce the risk of receiving serious brain injuries. That is why they have launched their five S’s campaign, to provide children, and their guardians, with the know-how to properly fit a cycle helmet.