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A bicycle helmet has never saved anyone's life... at least it has never been proven scientifically to have ever done so -- yes I can hear you guffawing. Of course plenty of people "feel" that this has occurred, and of course they can't actually prove it.
Haven't you ever wondered why when cyclists who were wearing helmets die after a motorist has collided with them that the media doesn't bother adding the tag line, "and they 'were' wearing a helmet," at the end of the article. And doesn't it give you pause that even though our government brought this law in because, as they claimed, "it will save lives" the helmet manufactures wouldn't dream of making such a claim as they know they would be sued into poor house; they leave that kind of BS to the (possibly) well intentioned, yet misguided, and certainly ill-informed groups (that inlcudes doctors) who for whatever reason are so willing to do their bidding. And there has been no change in the rate of head injuries to cyclist since this law has been on the books.
There are facts and there are fantasies when it comes to helmets and to know the difference is a simple matter of some rather easy research. Helmets don't save lives. They can't. They aren't made for that and if a helmet manufacturer is cornered, they will have to admit it. Mandatory helmet laws do harm our health as they contribute to the culture of fear that keeps perfectly capable people off of one of the best things they could do to improve their lives.
And sorry Arno, there are some people saying that you shouldn't wear a helmet. They have read the studies (and are convinced by them) that suggest that people who wear helmets are far more likely then un-helmeted cyclists to get into an accident of any kind. They understand that a helmet can be a distraction if it's uncomfortable and distractions when you ride a bike are not a good idea. They know what risk compensation is and know that it's a fact. They have ridden bicycles their entire lives and know few people who have ever injured their heads and many more who have never had any kind of accident. And they know something else... cycling is one of the single safest activities that anyone could participate in and it's benefit to risk ratio is better than almost anything we could glean to do... and that's un-helmeted.
There is no study (that has survived peer review) that can point to one single benefit for an adult to wearing a bicycle helmet as we know them today. This against the massive harm they have done to bike culture and our personal, societal and global health makes the choice an easy one for some.
If this goes against your common sense it's no surprise. The statement that a helmet will save your life has been so repeated that no one bothers to question it anymore.
Look it up. The truth is out there.
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.
An exciting idea!
This is acknowledged as a key strategy to better integrate cycling and transit. In 07/2009 the City committed some funding for secure parking facilities at Broadway-City Hall and Olympic Village Canada Line stations. The City has also conducted a feasibility study for a downtown bike centre.
Thanks for sharing this idea!
The city’s new active transportation plan will soon be in development, and hopefully completed within the next year.
A big part of the work ahead is to identify the complete cycling network, and the type of facility that is most appropriate and/or feasible for different routes. In some cases (e.g. busy arterial routes), separated lanes might be the best approach; in other cases (e.g. lower car volume neighbourhood streets), enhanced traffic calming and/or further reducing car access might be more appropriate. Travis cited some great examples in the Netherlands where cars are ‘guests’ that are allowed in, but do not dominate.
In all cases, the goal should be to make routes that feel safe to all potential cyclists, including beginners, children, and seniors.
For more information, visit http://vancouver.ca/cycling .
An ongoing process. Many of the City’s recent initiatives (e.g. downtown separated bike lane trial, additional traffic calming on existing routes) work towards this vision. The draft Greenest City action plan will support this idea, and include directions to help inform the upcoming transportation plan update and new active transportation plan.