31 May '18, 8pm

Time to stop arguing about helmets and start building safe infrastructure

Time to stop arguing about helmets and start building safe infrastructure

Every year about this time when the weather gets warm, peoples' thoughts turn to complaining about bike helmets. In Vancouver, where bike helmets are mandatory for everyone, TreeHugger favourite Chris Bruntlett explains why this is a problem to the CBC , and why mandatory helmet laws are unnecessary. Lloyd Alter/ Chris and Melissa Bruntlett/CC BY 2.0 According to Bruntlett, these laws were all introduced roughly 20 years ago, before cities began building safer, separate cycling paths. He claims some people don't want to wear a helmet for one reason or another, and the result is that it becomes a barrier to cycling. "All these myriad benefits of getting on a bike that we talk about — whether it's reducing congestion, increasing health, quality of life — they're all lost because we've suddenly decided as a society that stopping cyclists from hurting their heads is ... a prer...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/bikes/time-stop-arguing-about-...

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