She hit her head on the pavement pretty hard and suffered road rash. The latter can’t really be avoided when you’re a cyclist and you go down, but there’s something you can do for the former: a very important something like wearing a helmet.
“Yeah I fell off my bike and hit my head,” the singer says. “The tide was out so I landed on the concrete at the bottom next to the Thames. I don’t recommend it, it was a bit of a shock to the system, but luckily I’m alright. I didn’t break anything which is a good thing.”
The intention behind sharing a photo from the emergency room and the details of the accident is to raise awareness on the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet, Sophie Ellis Bextor says. So, to all her fans and all those who expressed concern on social media, she has this to say: don’t be as reckless as I was.
“The thing I should you know stress to you guys and your listeners is do wear a helmet, because I was not wearing a helmet, you do not need anyone else to tell you you’re an idiot for not wearing one you know,” the singer says. “Banging your head is enough of that. I would never cycle without a helmet now. Makes sense to me.”
Or, you know, if you feel like a regular helmet would ruin your hair, there’s also something called an airbag for urban riders, aka Hovding 3.
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EDIT - hello all. Thank you for all the lovely messages. I should have said that the main reason I posted was to thank the incredible folk who stopped and helped (although the sympathy is very cheering) so don’t worry I’m ok and being well looked after. Richard has been amazing and the kids are being very sweet d Lots of love. I ended up in a&e last night after I took a tumble from the tow path down to the side of the Thames on my bike during an evening cycle. I’ve put the photo in black and white so it’s not too gory. xI am ok, just a bit bruised and sore. I want to thank the ambulance crew and the staff at west mid hospital (where I was born, as it happens) for gluing me back together. I also want to thank Lucas, Colin, Josh and Willow who were 4 runners who stopped and helped @richardjonesface and I when I hurt myself. You were so calm, thoughtful and reassuring. Thank you very much. I hope you see this message as I didn’t get your details. You’re all lovely people. Xxxx