Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has called for helmets to be made compulsory for all cyclists in the UK.
Speaking to the Sunday Times Magazine – and reported by BBC News – the Team Sky rider says he ‘always’ wears a helmet, and feels others should do the same.
He said: “I’ve put on a helmet more times that I’ve buckled a seatbelt.”
While there is no law that requires cyclists to wear helmets, the Highway Code recommends their use.
In 2017, the Government said it would consider changing the law to force helmet usage, but various bodies – such as Cycling UK – are against such a move.
Cycling UK believes there is ‘no justification for making helmet-wearing compulsory’, and argues it could ‘undermine levels of cycle use’. The charity adds the effectiveness of helmets is ‘far from clear’.
Chris Boardman, the former professional cyclist and current Greater Manchester commissioner for walking and cycling, has also previously stated his opposition to a law change.
However, Thomas argues the development of helmet design in recent years now means there is ‘no reason not to’ wear one.
During the interview, the 32-year-old called on cyclists and drivers to ‘share the road’, rather than seeing each other as ‘enemies’.
The Welshman also revealed that, apart from races, he had never ridden a bike in London – saying “I’ve watched from a taxi and it does seem a bit crazy.”