Letter to the Editor, Montreal Gazette

Re: Deaths of two cyclists in Montreal refocus attention on road safety, Aug. 13, 2011

City planners ponder the design of bike lanes, police hand out tickets to cyclists plugged into their music and crash investigators examine yet another two cycling deaths last week in Montreal. Yet, where is the call for a province wide law requiring cyclists to wear helmets?

Helmets substantially reduce injury and prevent death in as many as 80% of cycling accidents. With statistics like that, the real focus ought to be clear as daylight to the police, city hall and the Quebec government.

Glenn J. Nashen

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Letter to the Editor, Montreal Gazette

re: Commentary, It’s time for mandatory bike helmets, Aug. 17, 2011

Re: It’s time for mandatory bike helmets, Aug. 16, 2011

Dr. Debbie Friedman’s call for mandatory bike helmet legislation should serve as a reminder to Quebec legislators that helmets save lives and endless political debate is a disservice to all.

The City of Cote Saint-Luc became the first municipality in Canada to adopt a mandatory bike helmet bylaw back in 1991 yet without provincial legislation police have been reluctant to enforce. Helmets substantially reduce injury and prevent death in as many as 80% of cycling accidents. This would result in lower healthcare costs for all taxpayers.

After years of debate, study and draft bills, the Quebec government should follow the lead of our city and several Canadian provinces in making bike helmets mandatory.

Glenn J. Nashen