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Forcing writer to wear helmet is wrong

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Thank you Roger for commenting about our helmet law in St. Albert. (Too many rules, not just diving boards). I recently visited France, Austria and Germany. Everywhere there are cyclists: men in their office suits, women wearing dresses, they all share the roads, in harmony with cars, buses and trucks.

Seeing the immense traffic around the Arc of Triumph coming from all directions, it was amazing to watch as every one blends in. Courtesy ruled. However, what caught our attention was ... nobody wears a helmet.

I could never understand why in St. Albert, we get a fine for not wearing a helmet? Really, you want me to believe that it is in my best interest? To protect me? I'm old enough to make my own decision. What about those enjoying freely the roller blades and the skateboards? Would it not make more sense to protect everyone? Instead of issuing fines, let's educate people.

Instead of saying that we are the first community in Alberta that made it mandatory to wear a helmet, it should say that we are the first one to make money off of our cyclists by taking away their freedom.

And, if it really is to protect me, why don't you make another law for the tobacco users, for example?

By the way, do your research and you'll see that generally, it states that it is highly recommended for cyclists under 18 to wear a helmet.

What about my rights?

Jacqueline Laviolette, St. Albert


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