Has your community banned tobogganing on public property yet?
“But it’s a Canadian Tradition!”
“It is one of the great joys of a Canadian childhood!”
“It’s a great way for kids to get exercise in the winter months!”
“Getting children outside is difficult enough in the winter as it is!”
Yes, yes, yes and yes. I couldn’t agree more.
My community has fortunately not jumped on this particular bandwagon….yet. However, the list of Ontario communities banning tobogganing is growing. http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5251286-head-for-the-hills-no-ban-on-tobogganing-in-waterloo-region/
Cities fear litigation. They’re not wrong to fear that. It’s easy to see why.
In Hamilton, a man won a $900K lawsuit when he suffered a spinal injury after ignoring existing signs and a fence erected to prevent tobogganing in that particular area. Wait…what? http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/4146991-dreschel-taxpayers-in-for-900k-toboggan-ride/
So, even there, the rules already existed, and somehow he still won the lawsuit (on the grounds that the signs weren’t numerous enough and a fence that had been erected to prevent tobogganing was damaged by vandals and not replaced).
Yes, there are risks. Maybe kids should wear helmets? (Though, if someone could invent a helmet that keeps little heads and ears warm, that’d be great.) — (UPDATE Jan 14th: Thanks to a couple of posters here and on Facebook, I now know they make ski and toboggan helmets that are quite warm, as well as snug toques that fit under a hockey helmet. I should have done more research! Great to know!)
Yes, the city should be aware of popular tobogganing hills and do what they can to help keep residents safe.
Yes, in areas that pose specific unseen dangers, warning signs would be a great idea.
No, banning tobogganing on all public property is not the right answer.
At what point do we have to take responsibility for our own actions? Shall I sue the city if I run out in the middle of traffic and get hit, because there wasn’t a fence to stop me or signs saying “don’t run into the road?” Ludicrous.
The legal system is broken. Could someone please fix it before our children have nowhere left to play?