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Wiggins clarification in helmet debatePosted on 03/08/2012

Wiggins clarification in helmet debate

British Olympic cyclist Bradley Wiggins has denied calling for cycling helmets to be made compulsory.

Earlier this week, the Tour de France winner and time trial gold medallist said everyone taking to the saddle should wear one, following news that a man died in London after being knocked off his bike by an Olympic shuttle bus.

His remarks sparked a debate, but Wiggins clarified that he was not calling for the law to be changed to make helmets compulsory, adding: "I suggested it may be the way to go to give cyclists more protection legally if involved in an accident."

However, in many workplaces wearing safety helmets will be necessary to satisfy the law, as the Health and Safety Act 1974 demands employers provide their workers with any protective clothing and equipment they need

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents advises all riders to wear cycling helmets when on a bike.

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