Wednesday 30 June 2010

He needs to see a psychiatrist

Dr. Ian Gillespie, a Victoria psychiatrist who is the newly elected president of the B.C. Medical Association, said that in spite of declining brain injuries, he's still concerned that, considering how cyclist-friendly Vancouver is becoming, police aren't enforcing helmet laws and the City of Vancouver isn't raising public awareness actively enough.

"For every dollar spent on a helmet, $30 is saved in health care costs," he said.

For every dodgy pseudo-scientific statistic like this, there’s a gullible journalist willing to uncritically report it. For every doctor who blathers on about cycle helmets, there’s a reserved parking spot for the doctor’s car. Does Dr Gillespie wear a helmet when he drives? If not, why not?