On his blog he describes how he saw a driver edging his car out of a side street, pull out without looking and crash into him.
The driver left his phone number when asked, but it later turned out to be false. The thought that someone could come up with a plan like that in a moment of crisis is as impressive as it is offensive.
Luckily it sounds like he’s going to be OK, but he says he would have fared better if he was wearing a helmet.
There’s a simple moral to this story: If you’re going to cycle in Central London, wear a helmet. If I’d been wearing one I probably could have got back on my bike and cycled home. It wasn’t my fault — I mean, it really, really wasn’t my fault — but I still feel like an arse.
On a similar note, I read a post by an old colleague this week which is a pretty thorough list of research into the benefits of bike helmets.
If, like me, you’re still undecided on the issue – but increasingly bothered by stories like Toby’s – it’s a good place to start.