September 17, 2014

Chris Bruntlett is a Columnist!

The local advocate for a cyclechic way of life is now writing for the Vancouver Courier – and here’s his column:

Soapbox: Why we need to decriminalize bike helmets
VPD disproportionately targets cyclists using bike routes on summer days
The Vancouver Police Department stubbornly remains one of the few municipal forces in the Lower Mainland (having issued 13,166 — or 90 per cent — of the 14,549 total helmet tickets between 2008 and 2012) dedicating valuable resources to this supposed public health measure — under the guise of addressing road safety.
It is obvious that assigning a pair of traffic cops to park on a protected bike lane (statistically ten times safer than anywhere else in the city) for a few days each summer, to meet an arbitrary quota of $29 fines has little to do with keeping road users safe.
… the sooner municipal officials and advocacy groups stop acquiescing to the criminalization of these citizens, the more likely it is we can build a bicycle culture worth bragging to the world about.

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  1. … the sooner municipal officials and advocacy groups stop acquiescing to the criminalization of these citizens
    and the sooner so called “helmet choice” advocates will stop to take pictures of themselves wearing helmet when they are a lesiure ride be on the PGR or Seawall
    the more likely it is we can build a bicycle culture worth bragging to the world about.
    In the meantimes a John Fraser’s comment worth to repeat:

    If BC stops making helmets mandatory then the world will be a poorer place. Cycling organisations from around the globe have been using the failure of mandatory legislation in Vancouver as a powerful argument against introducing such legislation in their own countries. The evidence has been so convincing that hardly any nations or cities have followed BC’s example