“I have ridden bicycles with a helmet for the last 30 years and now feel naked if I ride without one. I have spent many years riding professionally as a bike patrol supervisor, I run a bike-tour company (fraserriverbiketours.com) and forth ree decades while enjoying the sport I have witnessed first hand dozens of times helmets have prevented serious injury.
Nobody plans to have an accident; that is why they are called accidents. Once when I was waiting for a light beside a friend who was a UBC student with a bright future as a lawyer, such an accident occurred. She left the curb and in one of those rare moments of fate she missed her pedal and rolled off her bike. I was about to laugh when she hit her head on the curb with that horrible sound like a watermelon fracturing.
Before this she was a part of an antihelmet lobby and used to tease me as being a legalist for I would insist on my patrol members wearing a helmet even though the law was just being proposed. I wish that she was still able to argue her point but after that accident she was in a vegetative state until she died a few years later from complications from that accident.
Helmets make a big difference when you land on your head. If you ride long enough it will probably happen to you.
Modern helmets don’t heat up, fit well and if you think you look bad with helmet hair, try brain damage on for size.
Those trying to change the law to allow cycling without helmets usually have a vested interest besides their vanity and the fear of helmet hair. The latest controversy is over the new biking system being considered for Vancouver. These take-abike-and-ride systems are not issue-free but when politicians want something, the tendency is to highlight what they want to promote and hide want they don’t want discussed, like bike theft, damaged bikes and hurting bike rental companies.
I hope that the helmet-law argument is outed for what it really is – a safety compromised for the sake of a pet project”
Tom Littlewood, New Westminster
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