Unpaid Helmet Fines Piling Up
Ok. So Vancouver cyclists have racked up over $330,000 of unpaid tickets over the past five years for not wearing helments while cycling.
In the June 13, 2013, edition of "The Province" newspaper reporter Dan Fumano digs into this issue and shines some light on a few very interesting tidbits.
Fumao says that, according to stats kept by ICBC ( which are always open to question), between 2008 and 2012 only 16% of the tickets issue to cyclists for not wearing a helmet were actually paid.
Or, flipping that number on its head, there's a roach rate of 84% on this type of ticket. Interest huh !
And what does Greater Vancouver's largest pro-cycling group, HUB, have to say about this issue ?
Well, believe it or not, HUB told the the Province that their position is that wearing a helmet while cycling should be optional. Apparently, HUB's policy is based on the belief that more people would take up cycling in they weren't required by law to wear a helmet.
WOW !! What an interesting basis for such an important policy position.
And what do I think ?
Well, I'll be entirely honest. I have a bias towards safety. And trading away cyclist safety for increased numbers simply doesn't make any sense.
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