During the primo bicycling season, it's not unusual to see families out on bike rides together.
Usually they select off-road infrastructure, which is a wise choice when small children are in the group.
It warms my heart when parents seem to be trying to teach their kids - to ride on the right, in a straight, predictable path, etc. That knowledge will make them much safer and more confident when they venture onto the roads. (And it's not always the case. Some adults just let the kids go... as long as the head-count is correct, that's all they seem to notice.)
Almost always the kids have their helmets on, too, which is wonderful. It's best to ingrain such habits at an early age.
BUT - frequently the grownups in the group are NOT wearing helmets.
- Is the adult skull much more resistant to forceful impacts than the youthful skull?
- Do these adults possess the cycling skill-set and cat-like reflexes that enable them to avoid all unexpected incidents? (Because I know from experience... on those rare occasions when you truly need a helmet, there's never time to quickly strap one on!)
- Is helmet-wearing an immature thing?
- Do adults suffer from helmet-hair in a way that kids just don't understand?
I wish it weren't so... "Do as I say, not as I do" isn't the best teaching methodology.