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.

Website and Streets Not Up To Date

Sent to Service Regina:
https://www.regina.ca/parks-recreation-culture/parks/pathways/#outline-on-street-bicycle-routes isn’t current. It doesn’t have the on street bike lanes in the Greens. Are there other routes missing from this list?

regina bike routes are limited

Also, I need a suggested safe route from Dominion Park to the Stadium. The last time I took Arcola Ave. I was sworn at, honked at, and I was simply using the street in a legal manner while someone shouted that I was supposed to be on the sidewalk (that doesn’t even exist on that part of the street). Years ago I was promised the City was building a bike route from Downtown to the Stadium, and a bike route along Arcola Ave., but where are they? All that construction work on Victoria Ave. is also lacking a safe bike route, why?

It’s been 3 years since this, and the City hasn’t lifted a damn finger.

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Here’s the incomplete list:

On-street bicycle routes are located at:

  • Broad Street/Wascana Parkway between Lakeshore Drive and Research Drive
  • Assiniboine Avenue from Park Street to 100m E of University Park Drive
  • McCarthy Boulevard from Brunskill Place to Whelan Drive
  • Smith Street from Victoria Avenue to College Avenue (one-way)
  • Lorne Street from College Avenue to Victoria Avenue (one-way)

eBikes Can Save Our World

I’ve been using ebikes for years. They work through the Winter, and have cost me about $5/year to power them, in electricity costs. Yes, per YEAR.

If someone has concerns about ebikes, I hope they’d speak with people who use them to learn of the many benefits.

It’s important for everyone to be courteous, and that includes drivers (who are deadly when they fail to comply with the law), and people who walk, as well as people in wheel chairs, on One Wheels, or any other form of active transportation.

My ebike helps me not over-exert myself while biking. I’ve died previously from biking too hard, and had a cardiac arrest. I’m less likely to have that problem again if I can have electric assistance like people get from powered wheel chairs.

Will municipal, and provincial governments legislate away our future transportation technology before it gets popular here?

Riders and Raptors Tonight

Not enough bike rack space for the Stadium, but that’s a problem almost any event in the Summer if the bike valet isn’t operating.

Between 5 and 6:45 p.m., residents can take a transit shuttle to Mosaic Stadium from the following pickup locations:
• Downtown
• Southland Mall
• Warehouse
• University of Regina

*Northgate Mall was not available to participate due to conflicting events.

I’ve asked the City to update us on what will be done about a bike lane to the stadium that was promised to us before they even started construction.

Bikelash Described in Saskatoon

This is an outstanding letter and I hope if you care about urban design, or about your car, that you’ll read it through and consider it.

And here’s another thought about design of cities: