A MOTHER whose little boy was nearly killed playing when he was knocked off his bike is supporting calls for helmets to be made compulsory.
Five-year-old Taylor Morgan of St Mark’s Avenue, Connah’s Quay, was involved in a “horrific” accident while riding his bike yards from his home.
A month on Andrea Morgan, 31, said she would like to see a culture where people pick up a helmet every time before they get on a bike.
Taylor spent days in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after suffering a fractured skull and bleeding to the brain after the incident last month.
He was playing on a neighbour’s bike without a helmet when he was hit.
“The first question the paramedics asked me was if he was wearing a helmet,” said Andrea.
“I didn’t even know he was on a bike.
“He is not allowed on his bike now without a helmet. I’ve been saying to all the other kids around here to wear helmets.”
She believes the dangers of not wearing a helmet needs highlighting and said she would definitely like to see them made compulsory.
Andrea added: “I wouldn’t wish what we’ve been through on anyone.
“I was only saying the other day there seems to be a lot more of these type of incidents.
“When I was in school we had to wear a helmet then, so it’s nothing new.
“But you just don’t think when your child is playing in the street.
“Taylor’s a lucky boy. This has been a shock to his system.”
Her comments follow last week’s emotive pleas from Lincolnshire dad Mark Smith, whose 16-year-old son Ryan has spent the last three weeks in a coma after being knocked off his bike while not wearing a helmet.
Mr Smith has launched an online campaign with a petition asking the Government to make it compulsory for bike riders to wear a helmet.
Angela Lee, of the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust, said they “strongly recommend” all cyclists wear a helmet.
“We’d love to see putting a helmet on become a natural part of cycling – like when you get in a car you put your seat belt on,” she added.