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.

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.

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?