Clean those leaves

29 Oct

Feeling grouchy after my soggy bike ride from yesterday. Once again I had to take the detour around Stanley Park rather than risk the Causeway because the sidewalk remains covered in piles of slippery autumn leaves. The Causeway sidewalk is supposed to be maintained by the province, but it seems to be neglecting its duties, leaving pedestrians and cyclists with limited options and still without a barrier separating them from motorized traffic.

Oh how we live in an absurd world! There is this paranoia about bike helmets, but almost no interest in building bike infrastructure than will do more to save peoples lives than a dinky helmet.

In my opinion helmet laws need to be abolished, or modified. In Tel Aviv, in order to bring in bike share, the helmet law was modified where only children under 12 are required to wear a helmet. We in North America do not seem to understand that as long as a helmet is required, people will continue to think cycling is a dangerous activity. In fact cycling is much safer than driving, the only reason it is more dangerous in North America is because our bike lanes are paint on a street.
I’d bet the amount of lives saved with helmets are more than lost by the number of people who, put off by helmets and the “danger of bike riding”, stay behind the wheel of their cars, getting fatter and suffocating on car fumes.
Forget about helmets for adults, and focus on first world bike infrastructure.
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