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Bikes shouldn’t have to mix with heavy, fast traffic. Separate bikes from cars on busy roads and watch cycling become more and more popular as a way of getting about. In local streets, stop rat-running traffic – local roads are for local people not for short-cuts.
Helmet Laws Kill Cycling
Around one in five Australians cite helmet laws as the main reason they don’t ride a bike. Riding a bike is good for your health and saves the community money – that’s true whether or not you wear a helmet. The loss of health benefits from discouraging cycling alone outweighs any benefit from mandating helmets, and that’s before you factor in all the other benefits of cycling.
Next ride (Melbourne)
Join us at East Malvern station on the Glen Waverly line at 1.00pm, Sunday, November 27th.
The ride runs along the Anniversary Trail for about 30km, finishing at the Fairfield Boathouse at about 3.30pm.
We recommend people have something to eat prior to the ride as we are stopping for afternoon tea, although there may be food stops along the way if anyone needs them. You can also picnic on the lawns at the boathouse.
We will have a short meeting at the Boathouse to discuss and vote on the planned protest ride in the City of Yarra on March 18th next year.
At the end of the meeting, about 4.30, the ride leaders will guide us to a nearby railway station.
Crowdfunding court costs
Freestyle Cyclists and Upright Bicycle Riders of Australia are pleased to announce the launch of a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to help raise money to cover court costs for anyone who takes a helmet fine to court.
In March 2014, Sue Abbott was stopped and fined by South Australian police, for not wearing a bicycle helmet in Adelaide, where Sue was attending the 2014 Velo-city world bicycle conference. After 20 months and six court appearances, Sue was found guilty and penalised a total of $560 – plus handed a criminal conviction. Not only is this an excessive penalty – no one should have a criminal record just for doing something that 98% of the world are free to enjoy doing.
All money raised will go to victims of the helmet law (like Sue Abbott) who challenge their fines in Court and to pressure Australian Parliaments to change the law. Where ever you are in the world, if you value cycling and the freedom it brings, we’d really appreciate your help – no matter how big or small.
Help us make bicycle riding normal in Australia again. Thank you for your support.