Vancouver police crack down on bicycle riders not wearing helmets
Or even - "when" to wear a helmet.
As usual, the discourse around these policies and laws presents a radical oversimplification, changing the issue into a thing where you should either always always always wear a helmet, even when walking within 4 metres of a bike, and when sitting, especially at a cafe if it is outdoors, and for sure at night, since you could easily fall out of bed and damage the melon.
Versus no no, you should never never wear a helmet, to acquiece would be tantamount to playing footsie with the nanny state. Or something like that.
But how about something simpler, like, I will wear a helmet if I am riding on a highway but not when I am at the seaside, and this is something I can determine on my own. Yeah. Something like that!
Vancouver cyclists heading out to enjoy a ride without a helmet are exposing themselves to a greater risk this summer — a ticket from police.
Const. Tim Fanning said police are on track to hand out nearly three times the number of $35 fines for not wearing a helmet this year compared to 2007.
"In 2006, we wrote just under 700 tickets. Last year, we wrote just under 800. And this year, to date, we've written just under 1,300 tickets," Fanning said on Tuesday.