Should helmets be mandatory for adult cyclists?
Some Winnipeg city councillors have asked the public service to study that.
Councillor Russ Wyatt says it’s about safety.
“Let’s lead by example. I think the adults should lead by example. Wearing a helmet is just part of riding a bike,” he said.
But while helmets might be good for our heads, Bike Winnipeg argues making them mandatory is not good for everyone’s heart.
Mark Cohoe says studies have shown that where helmets are mandatory, fewer people bike, which harms their health.
“You’re trading fewer injuries for more heart attacks, more kidney disease, for more diabetes. That’s an issue we think has to be considered,” he said.
Helmets have been mandatory for Manitobans under 18 for three years. If you are caught without one, you could get stuck with a $63.10 ticket.
The province doesn’t track how many tickets have been given out. But they do track one statistic that could act as an indicator.
If you are ticketed, you can take an online education course to have your fine waived.
In three years, 15 people have taken the course to have their ticket forgiven, the province says.
Another 87 people have taken the course for educational purposes.