Bike helmets are necessary

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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Saskatchewan is the only western province that does not have legislation that pertains to bicycle helmets.

It isn’t necessarily one now, but this has the potential to be a big headache with even more fatal consequences in the future.

According to the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association, 80 per cent of cyclists killed since 2008 were not wearing a helmet. Not only is that a mind-boggling statistic, but it’s also one that could be minimized with mandatory helmet laws.

At this time, however, it does not appear that the Government of Saskatchewan is pushing for legislation on bike helmets. Instead, they are putting the decision in the hands of municipalities.

Although the provincial government should put its foot on the pedal regarding bike helmets, their decision is to pass the buck on to cities to create bylaws aimed around enhancing the safety of cyclists.

So be it.

Granted, there are oodles of issues that draw the ire of residents in this community, but making bike helmets mandatory is something city council not only needs to examine, but also need to create a bylaw for.

Because of things like bureaucracy and red tape, it’s unlikely that our local elected officials will pass a bylaw making the wearing of bike helmets mandatory — or risk a fine — before winter rolls on in.

That said, city council should take this issue to heart and create a safer environment for cyclists. After all, drivers are required to share the road with them.

Since they are riding a form of transportation, albeit at a slower speed, there needs to be something done to enhance their safety. Bike helmets will increase the safety of cyclists.

A bylaw also wouldn’t hurt the psyche of children who look up to their parents, grandparents and other adult family members. If parents aren’t wearing helmets while cycling, there is a good chance that kids will opt not to wear them as they grow older.

Parents set examples for kids in numerous facets of daily life. Why not force parents to set a good example by requiring those who cycle to wear helmets.

It might just save their life, or even a child’s life.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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  • Byclemore
    August 19, 2014 - 23:33

    "80% of cyclists killed weren't wearing a helmet" a mind boggling statistic? Then how's this... In Australia, 100% of cyclists killed WERE wearing a helmet!! Cars are killing people, not lack of helmets. I live in Australia, we've had mandatory helmet laws for over 20 years now. Cycle death rates have increased. The biggest impact of the law? it puts people off cycling full stop. People stop riding. The aim should be to increase cycling numbers, not decrease. Get more people out of cars. Less cars = safer streets for everyone.