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Boston Globe Magazine readers respond to an article about bicycling without a helmet.

HELMET HEADS

I found it somewhat irresponsible of the Globe Magazine to run Nick Olender’s piece without printing a companion essay about why one should wear a helmet (Perspective, October 21). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that in 2008 and 2009, 91 percent of those who died in cycling accidents weren’t wearing helmets. I urge Olender and all riders to wear a helmet. Olender states he “often meets friends after work, when a helmet would be an unwelcome tagalong.” Would crutches or a wheelchair be a better “tagalong”?

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