On Tuesday I left work on my bicycle and was approached by some stranger at Folsom and 2nd Street. At first I couldn't understand what he was saying, and I realized he was somewhat handicapped. His speech was a little hard to follow and he held his hands at an unusual angle. I thought maybe he was asking for directions, but then I realized he was trying to tell me about an accident he had where he wasn't wearing a helmet. Once I started to understand, I said something like "Ok, thanks" and took off, the light had turned green and I was a little in traffic's way. I was a little annoyed with this guy, but I can't stay annoyed with someone who has presumably been seriously affected by a bike accident where he wasn't wearing a helmet. This guy doesn't have the right to tell me what to do, but more than anyone else he can tell me about the dangers of not wearing a helmet.
And just in case you are wondering, I don't intend to start wearing a bicycle helmet any time soon. Despite this fatal bicycle accident in San Francisco this morning.