Friday, 1 May 2015
Helmets and Greece
I noted after a week there in Athens....that I hadn't seen a single motorcycle accident. No, not a single one. No guys hit by a bus.....no one running off some embankment....no guy smashed flat by a garbage truck....nothing. In fact, I didn't even notice a drunk Greek on a motorcycle. Everyone seemed to know precisely what speed was safe and what was acceptable.
Now, I admit.....it's a statistic that folks don't think about much. In all of Athens, I'd take a guess that out of 789,000 residents....at least 100,000 folks ride scooters/motorcycles daily. If you do the math and various formulas.....it means they are fairly lucky folks.
On the subject of scooters.....I'd also make this observation....people aren't picky. I probably saw at least a hundred brand names.....some South Korean and Chinese models were out there.
The most interesting observation? I noticed that cops rode on some occasions with two guys to a bike......getting the second guy to some accident or violation episode.