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PE01679: Cycle helmets in Scotland

Transport

Petitioner: Jenny Lockhart

Status:
Open

Closing Date for Online Petition: 05 January 2018

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce legislation or a national information campaign to ensure people wear helmets when cycling in Scotland. 

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Do you agree that legislation or a national information campaign is required to ensure that people wear helmets when cycling in Scotland?

What, in your view, are the benefits of wearing helmets when cycling in Scotland?

I'm strongly against this proposal, I believe it would deter many people from commuting by bike or just cycling around town casually, myself first. Cyclists can judge whether a helmet would protect them or make them feel safer, but I see no value in making them compulsory. The main threat to cyclists comes from cars so the car, taxi, and bus drivers are the ones who should be the target of a national information campaign. A low-hanging fruit would be to stop people parking on cycle lanes all over town. And I echo other comments: better infrastructure is also crucial to improve the safety of cyclists and encourage more people to cycle. The impact of such a proposal should be carefully examined before changing the law, surely the Government doesn't want to reduce cycling in favour of cars, that would be a setback for urban air quality, public health, and climate change.

Celia Nyssens

17:26 on 08 Dec 2017

I agree on the principle that cycle helmets should be worn by youngsters using bicycles etc. However, the various experts from manufacturers, professional cyclists and even evidence from countries where bikes are much more in use must be consulted before passing this as a law. The biggest issue is that the road traffic around Scottish cities, towns and in rural areas need to be isolated from cyclists by introducing proper lanes which are not directly beside motor vehicles. Our current infrastructure around Scotland needs to be vastly improved, with better facilities and safer routes the number of cyclists will increase. Obviously the elements and weather conditions are out of our control, but if people are made to feel safe and encouraged to cycle then it will benefit towns by reducing exhaust emissions and congestion.

Iain Bruce

14:34 on 30 Nov 2017

Why do all of the countries with very hgh bike usage rates have hardly anybody wearing helmets?

Malcolm Liddle

20:30 on 28 Nov 2017

Hi Viz & helmets

Sandra McNeil

20:27 on 28 Nov 2017

I do not support this at all. Like skiing, wearing a helmet makes sense and gives protection to one's head (up to a point), but it should not be mandatory or compulsory. It is just sensible and parents should encourage all children to wear a helmet from the first time they step onto a bike. It will then be second nature (like wearing a seatbelt).

Rod Mitchell

15:59 on 28 Nov 2017

I would prioritise hi-vis garments as being seen clearly may prevent an accident but using both items is sensible

Margaret Kendrick

8:44 on 28 Nov 2017

No age limit all types of bikes

Colin elliott

16:55 on 27 Nov 2017

Helmets should be compulsory on all roads

Catherine Sykes

15:18 on 27 Nov 2017

Also wear hi-vis garments.

Moira Macdonald

14:45 on 27 Nov 2017

Yes should definitly be law

CAROLE REARDON

14:23 on 27 Nov 2017

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