OMG! I had a flashback to college sociology on that one.
"If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences."
--W. I. Thomas
In our discussion, I think this means that if you wear ATGATT this can lead to two different realizations for the individual.
One: I am safer now, the risk to me from riding my bike is not as great with all of this protective gear and subsequently I can assume greater risks than before (faster, further, harder, etc...)
or Two: I am safer now from the possible consequences if something goes wrong. However serious risks still exist therefore I must continue to excercise the same level ofdue caution.
Dr. Seger would be proud of me.
[quote=GSWayne] The whole issue is whether the PERCEIVED improvement in safety is greater or less than the ACTUAL improvement in safety. quote]