Bike helmets won't be the law in Winnipeg, for now
Active-transportation experts to study what other cities do first
Winnipeg cyclists won't have to worry about fitting their toques beneath bike helmets this winter.
City hall will take another six months to study whether bike helmets ought to be mandatory in Winnipeg.
Council's protection, community services and parks committee was expecting a report about bike helmets on Monday morning. Councillors Russ Wyatt (Transcona), Jason Schreyer (Elmwood-East Kildonan), Ross Eadie (Mynarski) and committee chairman Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas) asked for the report in June.
City staff, however, asked for another six months to conduct a review of what other North American cities do with respect to bike helmets. The committee approved the request, as the city is already engaged in a broader bike-and-pedestrian route planning study.
"It made sense it go to the active transportation folks here in the city of Winnipeg," Pagtakhan said after the meeting, suggesting it may not take six months for a report about bike helmets. "We'd like to have an answer soon enough. We don't want to wait too long."
Pagtakhan said the idea must be studied because there is a difference of opinion about mandatory bike helmets.
"Sometimes I wear a helmet. Sometimes I don't. It depends if I keep my hair nice and set, you know?" Pagtakhan said. "I think there's good value in terms of having a helmet, certainly. When the bike group came forward with their opposition about mandatory bike helmets, I found it surprising."
The lobby group Bike Winnipeg maintains a mandatory-helmet rule would discourage cycling and create more health problems than it would protect people from injury.