While cycling I’ve quite often seen people having these spikes coming out of their bike helmets. Like they’ve attached zip ties to their helmets and the ends are sticking out in all directions. It looks really funny and I’ve been wondering what on earth is up with that.
Today somebody finally told me it’s a magpie safety measure.
Australia is well known for all kinds of dangerous animals, but I think magpie is one of the more suprising ones. In the spring when they have their breeding season the birds can become quite aggessive while protecting their nests and may swoop down on people walking or cycling by (this I’ve also experienced personally!). The spikes on the helmet are supposed to direct the magpie to attack them instead of going for the person’s ears or neck.
I did some research online and apparently other tricks also include attaching fake eyes to the back of your head, because they almost always attack from behind and the fake eyes are supposed to scare them away 🙂