Letters to the editor, Montreal Gazette (Published July 18, 2010)

Velo-Quebec is on the right path promoting a healthy, active lifestyle through cycling for leisure, for work, for life. Sure, we need to work on motorists’ attitudes in sharing the road, designing bike-friendly streets and lowering speed limits. These are good long-term strategies for a healthy and cycling-friendly society.

However, it is counter-intuitive for Velo-Quebec to oppose mandatory helmet laws because bicycle accidents occur every day and those who do not wear helmets are far likelier to sustain serious head injuries than those who do. In fact, serious head trauma and brain injury is reduced by 80% by wearing a helmet.

Helmet legislation across Quebec is long overdue.

Glenn J. Nashen
City Councillor responsible for Public Safety
Cote Saint-Luc