Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Bicycle helmets and face masks

Once when I saw a teenager on a bicycle with a helmet hanging from the handlebars, he stopped, put it on, and rode around the corner to his house – presumably to prove that he'd been wearing it. I thought of him today after seeing people who may have been wearing a face mask (as is required in shops in Germany and recommended in Switzerland) but had it under their noses. Yet really those mask-wearers are more like the teens who wear their helmets – but unbuckled. I've never seen an adult riding a bike like that – but the only people I've seen wearing a mask with their nose uncovered have been adults. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 30 June)

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