Bradley Wiggins
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Wiggins wants helmets to be compulsory

2 August 2012 Last updated at 12:05 BST

Cycling gold medallist Bradley Wiggins has called for new laws forcing cyclists to wear a helmet.

He was asked what he thought about riding on busy roads after a cyclist died when he was hit by an Olympic bus near the Olympic park.

It's not known yet whether the victim was wearing a helmet but Wiggins said making it illegal to cycle without a helmet would make things safer.

The accident happened close to the hockey centre and velodrome on Wednesday evening.

The 28 year old man died when he was hit by a bus which was carrying journalists to the games.

Wiggins grew up in London and said it can be really dangerous: "It's got a lot busier since I was riding a bike as a kid round here and I got knocked off several times."

He added that wearing a helmet and having lights on your bike is a great way to help yourself stay safe on the road.