Yesterday Best Buy posted a video on YouTube promoting sales of electric vehicles at select Best Buy stores. They are selling electric bikes and scooters, and letting people test drive them. This is all good, except for the fact that throughout the entire video, they show people happily riding these scooters through traffic without wearing helmets.
While helmets aren’t legally required for these types of vehicles in California, it is still good practice to wear one when going more than 20mph. It is very irresponsible of Best Buy to promote riding through traffic without helmets, and it sets a bad example. Even if you know you’re not going to crash your bike or scooter, you never know when someone is going to crash into you. You simply can’t avoid every dangerous situation on the road, and when it comes to car vs bike, you lose 99.9% of the time.
To make it even worse, at around 5:30 minutes into the video, there’s a scene of a woman on an electric scooter weaving between a bus and a car so hard that she has to put her foot down, not wearing a helmet, and then proceeding to go through the intersection without looking, on what appears to be a red light for her. There’s a green for pedestrians, but a red for traffic, and while you are on the road, you are considered traffic.
Best Buy’s video is a bad example for everyone. It shows how people shouldn’t behave on the road. While wearing a helmet isn’t legally mandated (at least in California), it is stupid not to wear one. Someone in a parked car can not see you and open their door right in front of you, and then you’ll be tumbling at 20 to 30 miles an hour on the pavement. Good job, Best Buy. The video is below.