Speaking out about safety matters is a worthy legacy

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The word ‘legacy’ is often chucked around in relation to the Olympics and it usually refers to how the velodrome and swimming centre will be used once all the sport is over.

But cycling champ Bradley Wiggins enabled the word to be used in a more meaningful context after winning his gold medal last week.

When asked about safety for cyclists following the death of a rider in London, he said there had to be give and take on our roads. He later went on to suggest that cyclists need to take responsibility for their own safety by wearing a helmet and not riding around with their headphones on.

We don’t need to make wearing a helmet compulsory. It should be obvious. Using his appeal to point that out can be Wiggins’ best legacy.