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@Tammy: Yes, tragedies like this happen. However, how many pedestrians and other drivers have been the victim of the same kind of accident? Many, many more and they are not forced to wear helmets.
Anecdotes are an easy way to tap into people's emotions. Fear is far more powerful than logic -- particularly somewhat counter-intuitive logic.
Yes, we need to tame motor vehicles, but we also need free non-cyclists to use their bicycle.
More cyclists -- helmetless or not -- means safer cycling and less accidents like this.
Also, your friends may have been better or worse off should they have not been cycling.
You can still WEAR A HELMET without legislation.
We need driver and rider education far more than we need helmets.
Helmet legislation has NEVER proven to reduce injury or fatality rate.
The Draft Greenest City Action Plan includes an action to develop a building deconstruction policy. The City is piloting a building deconstruction project and is exploring options for an incentive program to encourage deconstruction.
This is a laudable idea, but one that is challenging for the city to undertake. It may be more appropriately handled at a provincial or federal level. The cost of bikes pales in comparison to the cost of cars, so other solutions that increase opportunities for affordable housing nearer people’s places of work will make it easier for residents to give up at least one family car and invest those significant savings in other modes of transportation.
The City has supported projects that have voluntarily unbundled parking (e.g. Spectrum), and is actively working to gain authority to require unbundling in new development — this requires changes to Provincial legislation. In 2008, the City proposed the Unbundled Parking Resolution to give BC municipalities the authority to require unbundling in new development. This was passed by the Union of BC Municipalities. Provincial response to date: The Ministry of Community Development will review the proposal and refer the issue to the Development Finance Review Committee for discussion.
The draft Greenest City Action Plan will discuss this in a variety of ways.