Helmet Bylaw Defeated

8-2, Council rejects Hawkins’ stupid bike helmet bylaw.

https://johnkleinregina.wordpress.com/2020/04/27/like-a-virus-hawkins-bike-hate-spreads/

But hey, it helps make content to fill up a blog.

Like A Virus, Hawkins’ Bike Hate Spreads

Councillor Hawkins can eat my helmet. Wait, that sounds dirtier than “eat my shorts”, or “eat my hat”.

Before the world fell apart from a global plague, he reasoned the best way to make sure people in Regina were safe when on bikes wasn’t to give them protected spaces so truck drivers couldn’t run them over, but to instead discourage more of them from riding bikes in the first place.

This Wednesday, City Council will waste time debating if it’s going to make it harder for you to go for a peaceful bike ride without being harassed by the cops instead of just angry drivers and impatient dog walkers with long leashes. There are no more pressing issues in the city, not even the growing food insecurity as global supply lines are fluctuating from necessary lockdowns and quarantines?

Hawkins Bike Helmets Won’t Help Regina

But Brandon Wright of Bike Regina argued enforcing safety equipment is the least effective way to improve safety because it puts the burden of safety on the cyclist. Wright says educational campaigns are needed because many road users do not know cyclists have a right to be on the road and taking up a full lane.

“Helmets give a false perception of safety and there have been studies that show that motorists act more dangerously around cyclists wearing helmets,” he said in a written statement Tuesday. Instead, he’d like to see better biking infrastructure in the city in order to isolate cyclists from road hazards.

Through recent discussions with city administration, Bike Regina has said they are not in favour of mandatory helmets because it increases barriers cycling.

Hawkins says if a bylaw discourages cycling, so be it.

“If the choice is between unsafe cyclists and no cyclists, I’d take no cyclists,” he said. “I don’t want to encourage people to ride bikes if they’re going to be unsafe, and I especially don’t want to encourage children to ride bikes if they’re going to be unsafe.”

Councillor Hawkins isn’t looking to make children safe and healthy, because living a sedentary life isn’t safer than biking. He’s out to attack people who use bikes, and that’s deplorable behaviour for anyone, but especially a public official. He’s doing as much harm to people who (would) bike, as vandals who slash and break bike wheels.

General Parking Woes

I’ve a simple solution to the parking problems at the General Hospital:

Do the opposite of what Mayor Fougere says.

“I think that the employer should be providing safe parking for their staff,” Mayor Michael Fougere said after a budget vote on Tuesday. “It’s just so obvious to me it’s painful to say it.”

The employer shouldn’t be the one providing safe parking, it’s the CITY the employer provides healthcare in, that should be providing safe transportation, and it’s so obvious that it’s painful for me to say it.

His Worship is doing a disservice by putting the focus on a parkade and away from his responsibilities. To meet the Mayor’s transit shortfall, the SHAuthority is providing a park & ride shuttle service at some hours of the day. This hasn’t eliminated the problems, in part because the shuttles are not useful to the general public who also needs to attend the hospital as patients or visitors. If the provincial money going to the staff-only shuttle went instead to Regina Transit, then fewer people would be parked as more would take a free & convenient bus to and from their home or their place of being parked.

The Mayor is being dishonest by focusing on a parkade. It’s not the best advice given to him, it appears to be another gift to the construction industry that he had close ties to in his previous profession outside of Council and the Mayoralty.