Thursday, 3 December 2015

Rule #35: Bicycle helmet laws

Helmet laws in Ontario according to the Highway Traffic Act:
o   HTA 104 - Helmets
§  Every cyclist under the age of eighteen must wear an approved bicycle helmet. Parents or guardians shall not knowingly permit cyclists under sixteen to ride without a helmet.
§  Set fine: $60.00
I have two schools of thought I’m weighing in over this one; either:
Our responsible government is being proactive in the protection of children by teaching them to protect themselves from the possibility of cracking their heads open.
There’s a huge conspiracy in which the giant helmet manufacturers are controlling the government and these laws are really designed to line the pockets of the heads of the head protection corporations. I dunno man, I mean… it’s possible. Right?
I’ve been riding bicycles for almost 40 years, and I can honestly say that never once has a helmet protected my head from serious injury. Actually, I only started wearing a helmet a few years ago when I got serious about commuting to work. When I look back at the things we did on bikes as a kid, I can only imagine we were trying to smash our skulls in. Other than a few dings and scuffs here and there we sustained only minor surface damage. Even after all those jumps, smash up derbies and whatnot.
I don’t know the stats on bicycle injuries related to children, but I’m suspicious of the government motive. Based on the fact that I can't prove my conspiracy theory and the fact that kids are pretty stupid, this is the best I can come up with is...

In the new world, helmet laws will remain in place – mainly because I’d feel bad if a child was killed because we changed the law.

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