Transport Minister Norman Baker: Cycle helmet and safety

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Transport minister Norman Baker said he does not wear a helmet while cycling, saying he does not feel the need for one, as it was a "safe activity".

He agreed with Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Boardman - who made a Daily Politics film promoting cycling without wearing one - who claimed cycling was safer than walking.

They agreed that making helmets compulsory could mean fewer people took up cycling.

Conservative MP Alok Sharma calls for cycle helmets to be made compulsory for children

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