I have no doubt in my mind that a helmet saved my life.
Four years ago, while training for a triathlon, I was struck by a truck as I rode out of Midland Gate Shopping Centre.
The truck pulled out in front of me at the last minute and through no fault of my own, I ended up busted and bruised on the side of the road.
The collision sent me flying. I broke my leg, wrist and nose and I had several crushed teeth. It could have been much worse though - I'm lucky to be alive.
When I inspected my helmet after the incident, I noticed it had a deep crack - I believe the helmet absorbed the force of the impact and protected my head.
I am still doing triathlons and I also ride socially but I am certainly more careful now. WA drivers are still behind the rest of the world in terms of cycle awareness. You just don't feel the same safety riding here that you do when you are in European cities.
While I generally support any initiative to encourage more people to ride and understand why some experts may think that relaxing helmet laws may increase participation, I still believe riding with a helmet is the safest and best way to enjoy riding.