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Helmet coverage


To the editor,

I was glad to see Lezlie Lowe's honest look at skateboard helmet law enforcement last week in "Skate free and/or die." I think it's worth noting that almost all of the conclusions in the article can be directly transferred to cycling: The effect of enforcing the same law among cyclists has the effect of discouraging an activity with significant and proven environmental and personal health benefits, and cyclists on city streets are similarly disdained by police. Meanwhile, as a means of transportation, cycling is about as dangerous as walking (per kilometre travelled). The difference is that while typical hard-shelled skateboarding helmets may actually provide protection against head injury from falls, bike helmets provide virtually no protection against collisions with heavy moving objects (cars)---they're simply not designed or tested for such scenarios.

---Zachary Howarth-Schueler, Halifax

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