Re: “Helmet law: Unite to make streets safer,” [March 6, Northwest Voices]:

As the lone member opposing the Feb. 17 repeal of the 1993 helmet law by the King County Board of Health (and who one year ago requested the board take up the law’s documented disproportionate enforcement and as budget chair last year secured funding for coordinating free helmet distribution), I disagree with Ethan C. Campbell’s premise that emergency room physicians’ opposition to the repeal was “understandable but misplaced.”

The repeal vote took the cart before the horse instead of delaying implementation while we determine options, e.g., funding safety infrastructure, prohibiting enforcement, retaining the law for minors, providing free helmets and mounting a public-interest campaign, all of which I had as amendments. While I agree that no one is against helmets and that no one supports disparate enforcement, people of color and those experiencing homelessness also suffer injuries and fatalities. And what about the revenue benefit to the city of Seattle by its not requiring helmets for bicycle ride shares? And what is the message received, regardless of our education efforts, when riders, especially minors, learn that the board of health repealed the helmet requirement?

Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Metropolitan King County Council, District Four, and board of health member