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Friday, November 2, 2012

Helmets aplenty

Posted on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I guess in Canada since you aren't allowed to choose and pay for your own healthcare, there is the argument that going without a helmet is putting undue risk on the taxpayer if you get into an accident. I never had a helmet riding a bike as a kid. Living in a city with a helmet law where if you go without you risk a fine and the police confiscating your bike certainly doesn't encourage bike riding as an activity. To be honest, I try to stay away from activities with heavy government interference, driving a car is one of them, lol, and now bike riding. Luckily they haven't mandated helmets for pedestrians yet, though I'm sure in this insane nanny state it is only a matter of time.

Pushing helmets really kills cycling and bike-sharing in particular because it promotes a sense of danger that just isn’t justified—in fact, cycling has many health benefits. Piet de Jong, a professor in the department of applied finance and actuarial studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, studied the issue with mathematical modelling and concludes that the benefits (of letting bike riders ride without helmets) may outweigh the risks by 20 to 1 (because of more obesity, heart disease and diabetes as a result of less bike riders from ridiculous helmet laws).

That's the real risk we should be avoiding, not forcing people to wear helmets under penalty of fines or jail time. According to science (not the over-inflated egos of nanny state supporters), we should have helmet laws for bath time, walking out your door, and stepping onto a ladder if we are to make our citizens safer. Ski hills and bike riding aren't even in the top 100 dangerous activities that cause brain injury. And now I read in the paper today, Helmet laws have been expanded, complete with taxpayer funded inspectors, to the ski-hills all around the province. Perhaps it is Darrell Dexter who should've been wearing a helmet all this time—whatever happened to him, all the helmets in the world won't save him—or us, from him! —Fed Up with the Government Saving Me From Myself

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