Canada’s first bicycle mayor has hit out against British Columbia’s compulsory cycle helmet laws, saying that focusing on cyclists having to wear them and other safety gear reflects a failure on the government’s part to protect people on bikes.
Northernsentinel.com reports that Susan Stokhof, bicycle mayor of Victoria, said on Instagram: “In the Netherlands people come first in the street hierarchy and the car is the guest.
“People are not forced into wearing safety gear and helmets to keep themselves ‘safe’ from people driving cars.
“The streets are designed for the safety and convenience of people, not car traffic. Therefore, the application of ‘safety gear’ becomes non-existent,” she continued.
Stokhof, who studied urban planning in the Netherlands, said that requiring cyclists to wear helmets and other safety clothing was “a sign of a government who failed to provide proper separated infrastructure and is typical of a nation that worships car ownership and use, over the safety of people.”
She added: “Harsh words of reality, I know.”
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.