His motion has been seconded by Councillor Suzan Hall.
This is to be discussed next wednesday at City Council:
City politicians may not have felt easy talking about the specifics of Toronto's latest cycling fatality that happened the night of Monday, Aug. 31. But next week, councillors on the public works and infrastructure committee will be debating two possible changes to the way motorists and cyclists interact on city streets.
St. Paul's Councillor Michael Walker has two motions on next Wednesday's agenda: one, asking that the city look at requiring cyclists to have a license in order to operate on city streets, and a second asking that it become mandatory for all cyclists to wear a helmet.
"We can't stick our heads in the sand and revert to this idyllic view of cyclists" he said. "We've moved a quantum leap from there. Bicyclists are much more prominently recognized as an alternative form of transportation - that's been in government policy and taxpayers' money."
Walker's two motions would both involve resurrecting ideas that have been attempted before. Former Ontario premier Bob Rae briefly instituted a province-wide requirement that all cyclists wear helmets. When his NDP government was defeated in 1995, incoming premier Mike Harris revoked the law for adults, only requiring helmets for children.
Walker says it's time to bring it back.
Why is it that many drivers show no respect for cyclists not wearing a helmet? And then, when we do wear helmets, they pass too closely because of this magical plastic bucket that is not capable of repelling a few tonnes of steel and stupidity?
I really need to see some actual benefits of a law like this... an HST tax hike that will increase costs for cyclists, plus the requirement of helmets, isn't going to get those who can afford cars out of them.
Do you think this is part of why drivers are *so* adamant about this? They know they're driving a projectile and it freaks them out to know that they could easily kill someone and want every assurance that if they're careless, inattentive, aggressive, or just plain unlucky, there's a little more chance the victim will survive?
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