LETTER: Cyclists need to take responsibility and wear a helmet

I came across the article about the cyclist who wasn’t wearing a helmet when hit by a vehicle.

What struck me most is how your article does not, in the slightest, frame the importance of helmets to protect ones self. No, instead, it’s about the collision itself and an elderly driver not noticing the seasoned Vancouver cyclist.

A cyclist very dear to me wrote off a smaller hatchback when the driver failed to notice him signaling to turn left in his lane, while wearing a bright yellow jacket and with bicycle lights flashing in a dusky afternoon. Taken out from behind, he crumpled the windshield and took out the frame at the roof line. His helmet dented the roof of the vehicle, and the helmet itself exploded outwards taking the brunt of the force from impact with the metal roof. A few stitches from shattered glass in his back, and he walked away from it.

Without this helmet, his situation would have been entirely different. Without this helmet, his impact on our health care system would have been entirely different.

A helmet is a piece of equipment which starts around $30 to $50. A cyclist doesn’t require insurance to operate their bicycle. If they’re hit by a vehicle and aren’t wearing a legally required helmet, their medical is still covered by our health care system. Beyond caring where your brain matter goes, where is the personal responsibility to society to protect themselves best as able?

But your article is about how great it is that this seasoned Vancouver cyclist survived a helmetless impact with an aged Victoria driver.

But, what does one expect from Victoria journalism, in a city where cars are the enemy and cyclists have no responsibility of their own.

Jenna Gustafson

Victoria

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cancelled cruise ships costs Victoria more than $130 million

Transport Canada bans ships until end of October in response to COVID-19

Point-guard lobs no-look, three-pointer for Oak Bay High video

Trick-shot only took three times, says Oak Bay teen

Saanich residents sound alarm after second owl dies of rat poison

Great Horned Owl found in Kings Park killed by three rodenticides

Phase-by-phase look at how Greater Victoria Public Libraries will reopen

GVPL to quarantine returned material for a minimum of 72 hours before lending again

Langford pitches Westhills as Canadian Premier League soccer hub

Langford could host all eight teams for August matches

VIDEO: Victoria dental staff dance to *NSYNC to promote reopening

Urban Smiles staff ‘want you back’ after closure in response to pandemic

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

B.C. aquaculture farm’s employees sweat it out to raise funds for food banks

For every five minutes of exercise recorded, Cermaq Canada is donating a dollar to local food banks in communities they operate

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man’s neck charged with murder

Arrest comes after three days of protests, which escalated in violence as demonstrators torched a police precinct

POLL: Do you agree with the provincial government’s decision to increase the minimum wage?

B.C.’s lowest-paid workers will be getting a few more dollars to try… Continue reading

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Most Read