Who’s up for critical mass today? If you are, I’ll see you around 4.45pm at the Waterloo Park Bandshell (Friday July 29 2012).
I’ll be sporting my new nutcase watermelen helmet. After my participation on @talklocalwr and hearing primarily Tim Kenyon’s view my take has slightly altered to ‘I shouldn’t need a helmet, but unfortunately there are places on our roads where it is dangerous.’ We’ve been pushed onto the gutters in our communities and until that changes our pathways are filled with unpredicable hazards. When I’m biking short distances or on routes that I deem safe I’ll still drop the helmet (primarily if I’m tooting around the cores of Kitchener and Waterloo). But longer rides or commutes there’s no escaping the dangers on our roads. I am in now way endorsing mandatory helmet laws, cause we need to push to solve the problem of cycling’s hazards by building safe infrastructure. Helmets are not the answer, hardly even a bandaid. (Note – I cling to the notion that my opinion could change again tomorrow.)