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Knockin' Noggins - a cracking game?

6 May 2009
In May 2009 the Department for Transport produced a website called 'Knockin' Noggins', aimed supposedly at promoting child cycling safety. After complaints from CTC members the game was swiftly withdrawn.
Knockin Noggins

Knockin' Noggins was part of 'Tales of the Road' - a collection of child road safety messages embedded in games. This particular game encourages players to hit unhelmeted children with a mallet.  Hitting the animated figures of children wearing helmets results in a loss of points, whereas hitting the children not wearing helmets leads to players gaining points.

Other games include games which appear to entirely blame children for their own injuries. The general tone of the website is to trivialise death and injury on the roads.

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On your head be it? Bicycle helmets and recent legal cases.

Many cyclists were seriously concerned when a High Court Judge recently remarked that un-helmeted cyclists who suffer head injuries may not be entitled to full compensation if it can be shown that a helmet would have reduced or prevented their injuries.

After all, it is not compulsory to wear a helmet whilst cycling and there is no clear or conclusive evidence to support the view that compulsory wearing would either advance the cause of cycling, or necessarily improve cyclists’ safety on the road.

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