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We need actual laws for cyclists

You may find this hard to believe, but there's no law in Montreal that requires bicyclists to wear a helmet. No law for adults or kids. Does that make any sense? I don't think so.

You may find this hard to believe. There's no law in Montreal against texting while cycling. You read this right.

Some bicyclists actually text while riding their bikes. Does this make any sense? I don't think so.

We've been talking a lot lately about bike safety for good reason; too many accidents, some of them fatal.

Would those lives have been saved if there was a law requiring bike helmets? I don't know. But I do know that injuries and death can be prevented simply by wearing a helmet. It's not a cure-all solution, but it would be step in the right direction.

It's hard to believe anyone would hop on as bike these days without a helmet. But I see it everyday, even downtown.

And police in Montreal are concerned by the fact that a lot of bicyclists are either talking on their cellphones or even texting. You'd think there would be a law against this, but there isn't.

I simply don't get it.

If you can't text while driving, shouldn't there be a law against texting while cycling?

A committee has been mandated with making road safety recommendations and will submit a report in the fall. Here's hoping they make some common sense recommendations.

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