What if the kid can’t afford a (new) helmet? The get lost or damaged. They should also be replaced if in an accident (because you can’t tell how much damage they sustained) or after 5 years, as UV degrades them.
What if a kid has one & forgets to put it on one morning, make him get off & walk at the edge of school property? Not allow him to bring it onto school property? I’m sure the neighbors, or bike thieves. would love that rule!
What if the kid has a helmet but either straps it to the handlebars or puts it on head but doesn’t strap it under their chin, or they’re using their sibling’s helmet & didn’t properly adjust it for them; in any of those three scenarios it’s not likely to provide much protection if they go flying & land on their head.
This is one of the most assiholic comments I’ve seen on the dope; hopefully a mod will slam you for this but let me tell you why you’re being a jerk.
First, pro cyclists are some of the fittest athletes on the planet. They don’t get a break in the action after every play or couple of plays, like NFL, NHL, or NBA do, they don’t get the opportunity to sit down in the shade the way MLBers do in the dugout. No, they’re riding for multiple hours straight, in tours for day after day. While most of the cyclists you’d encounter aren’t pros, they’re probably still in better shape than you are. Their “dress(ing) as pansies” is sport specific attire. Yes, they may go into a supermarket or convenience store for a refueling stop on a ride but I almost never see people wearing that attire when they’re not on/around their bike. Do you make derogatory comments about athletes in other sports wearing sport specific attire? How about wrestlers who wear even less, & more tight fitting clothes?
More importantly, cyclists are legally allowed to ride on the road, usually up to two abreast & motor vehicles must give three (or four - depending upon state) feet of room when passing. It’s up to the motorist to slow down until they can safely pass; no different than if you’re passing a farm or construction vehicle; betcha don’t threaten them because they’re bigger, do ya?