It seems to me that part of the criteria for 'bike chic' involves no helmet. Can not a person be chic and safe, simultaneously?
Thanks for your comment Anonymous. What makes you think those pictured in this blog are not safe? Why do you think cycling is dangerous? Statistically, it is not. I am sure you are aware that you are more likely to be injured walking a block than cycling a block. The most dangerous place most people encouncter, and they encounter it everyday, is the bathroom. It's a far more dangerous place than the roads are for cyclists. Do you wear a helmet to the bathroom and if not, why not? Recently in Ottawa, six pedestrians were hit by cars at the corner of Bronson and Somerset. None were wearing helmets. Should they have been? Finally, I think in some cases a helmet, if the right kind, can be somewhat chic. But I choose to photograph those without because I do not want to contribute to the climate of fear that surrounds a very safe activity.