Oh and for what it's worth, I don't think drawing up legislation to criminalise those who choose not to wear a helmet is the right way to go. It's a cop out, the easy way to treat the effect and not the cause.
Governments will always pick on the minority group, in this case cyclists because they dare not upset the millions of drivers out there with a change in the law. They would see themselves unfairly targeted as the majority road user's, when in reality it's only a very tiny minority who are unfortunate enough to be in a collision with a cyclist.
This legislation is also a cheaper alternative to the construction of safe cycle route infrastructure, another cop out.
And whilst all this is not done less and less people are cycling, all at a time when the world's waistlines are expanding because people don't exercise. What is the cost to health services and government benefits to those who can no longer work due to obesity and ill health?
Those supposedly intelligent people who are in government, elected by the public THEY SERVE always see the short term cost and seem blinkered to the long term cost!
For as long as cyclists are such a minority nothing will ever change. This stands for most of the developed world. In the Netherlands things are completely different as cyclists aren't a tiny minority but a large percentage of road user's.
It's a "catch 22" situation, whilst cyclists are the minority nothing changes, because nothing changes less people cycle.
Forcing people to wear a helmet and hi viz will do nothing to stop accidents, it merely reduces (potentially) injuries caused by accidents.
There are some who argue that wearing a helmet makes driver's less careful around a cyclist, seeing them as less vulnerable. I do think that there is some truth in that, if I compare how much room a driver would give me pre helmet wearing to now as a helmet wearer, I get less room now and less care.
Incidentally I obey traffic lights, stop signs, crossings and all the other rules of the road and the highway code. It saddens me to see cyclists go through a red light as it's dangerous and gives us a bad name, as well as leaving drivers incensed!