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New Bicycle Helmet Law
15/11/2004

Via the Crazy Biker Chick I've learned that the Ontario legislature may be about to pass a law making bicycle helmet use mandatory for adults.

As someone who frequently rides his bike to work, this certainly applies to me. I quit wearing a helmet a few years ago, and was happy I did. Riding my bike was a lot more enjoyable: I wasn't as hot or sweaty, and it was just that much more convenient. At first -- after years of safety hype -- it felt a bit dangerous to ride without a helmet. Then I remembered all those days of riding around as a kid and a teen before helmets were even a consideration for normal people.

Recently, having moved, my route to work is on busier roads and I've had a thought or two about finding my old helmet and putting it back in use. But when I really think about it, I'm not sure how much it would help. As this article suggests, most cyclists who get killed in accidents probably wouldn't have been saved by any helmet. Two tonnes of car aren't going to be stopped by some plastic on top of your head.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this law in the end. I don't want to be like those old grumpy guys who foolishly complained about seat belts for decades after they were made mandatory.

More here.


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