If you want to ride helmetless in Ontario, you’ve only got one option: go south, young man – it’s still legal in many areas in the U.S., but not in the 416, the 905, or anywhere else Dalton McGuinty reigns.
But the Canadian Sikh Association is trying to change that. Saying their human rights are being infringed on, the association is calling on the Ontario provincial government to allow them to ride their cycles wearing their turbans, not helmets, says the South Asian Focus.
Chairman Baljit Singh Ghuman says British Columbia and Manitoba, along with some U.S. states and the U.K., have already given Sikh riders the go-ahead to ride without their skid lids. But in 2008, an Ontario appeal court upheld a Sikh’s conviction for riding without his helmet, and that case has been been the province’s legal benchmark.
Even if they get permission to ride without helmets, though, Ontario’s Sikhs may still end up paying higher insurance premiums for the right – that’s what happened in Manitoba and B.C.