Compulsory Helmets in Spain – law making for dummies

23 Mar

Camera 360

 

cafe cosmo bicycles

Sad times for bicycle riders in Spain these days. Once again, it is being exposed the inability of those in power to create policies that will revert positively in us citizens. I don’t think you need to be particularly smart to see that, as opposed to cars, riding a bicycle is a clean and healthy option to move around a city.  We have been seriously neglected for many years in this country, by drivers and by policy makers. Bicycle lanes are non-existant or poorly designed to say the least. And now, instead of reverting this situation and motivating people to get on a bike, they draft a law that will make helmets mandatory in urban areas . There is no scientific evidence that supports that wearing a helmet will lower then number of injuries. Instead, evidence shows that making it compulsory actually discourages potential riders to use a bicycle. And, those regular users, will chose in some occasions to stop using it. It really comes to the point of what I believe is a general occurrence in politics nowadays: people are not using their damn head. They create laws that are not rational. It scares me the amount of bullshit out there that has been created out of a belief or even a whim. If politicians used logics, they would educate drivers to make sure they respect cyclists. They would make sure people know to pay attention to bicycle lanes; and learn that you can’t just turn over one without checking for bicycles passing by. That a bicycle lane constantly interrupted with trash bins/bus stops/trees, is not a true bicycle lane.

Anyway, this rant is about disappointment. I will keep using my bicycle. And I will keep choosing whether I want to hear a helmet or not. I do not tolerate a loser who has never riden a bicycle to tell me what do when I’m on two wheels.

To illustrate all this, one of the pretties bicycles I’ve seen lately, that blue Peugeot that I found near Barceloneta with C. and V. And the always creative Cosmo cafe (my choice as hipster hot spot), that held a temporary exhibition with bicycle art…

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3 Responses to “Compulsory Helmets in Spain – law making for dummies”

  1. jackson2345 24/03/2013 at 03:53 #

    Attagirl! I really like this rant and love that bike. I always wanted to restore on myself. Keep posting!

    • taaniit 24/03/2013 at 08:57 #

      Thank you!! And you totally should, if you do it nicely I’ll post the photos and make your bicycle world famous :-)

  2. Carlos R 28/03/2013 at 14:04 #

    You’re completely right… and in fact the antibike lobbies are backing those dummy damm politicians… read state-of-art info on it at New General Traffic Regulations of Spain amendments

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