BY TOM WALKER, THE PROVINCE SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
Thank you for pointing out that the likelihood of the low head-injury rate in the Netherlands, where the is no helmet law (and therefore few helmets worn), has to do with greater awareness of bike riders.
We would emphasize that the sheer volume of cyclists in the Scandinavian countries is what creates that awareness. And perhaps someday that may be the case here.
But until then, when bike/car accidents are so disadvantageous for the cyclist, we strongly support the provincial statute requiring helmet use. That means, of course, that we support enforcement.
But we would also point out that the age of one’s helmet is a factor in surviving a head trauma.
Bottom line, if your helmet is over five years old, toss it out and get a new one. But first, cut the straps and throw it in the garbage, so that no one will be tempted to buy it at a garage sale or thrift store.
Tom Walker, North Shore Safety Council
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