September 2011 – Freestyle Cyclists

Boris Bikes & Helmet Choice

It is clear that for this type of bike people would rather not be forced to wear a helmet – and very few choose to. No wonder our schemes continue to stagnate in Brisbane & Melbourne.

Currently only pedicab passengers enjoy helmet choice in Australia.

Helmet Choice is the sensible choice, particularly for our public bike hire bikes.

The Dutch Cycling Embassy

You have to make cycling important & convenient (and yes, removing helmet laws is part of that)

If you want to see a healthy bicycle culture and learn how to create one, in addition to David Hembrow’s blog look no further than the Dutch Cycling Embassy (be sure to view the film on their main page). A group of Dutch people, having realised that the world is envious of their cycling culture (despite being ‘just normal’ to them), has decided to do something about it. There are many great minds behind this project.

If you wanted to learn about how to be the best surf life saver in the world, you’d come to Australia and learn the skills required. If you want to build a world class bicycle culture you need to look to the experts and stop fiddling around the edges – you need to learn from the Dutch. Why? Because they’ve made many of the mistakes we’re currently making and have solved them. Why retrace steps which do not need to be retraced? It’s a waste of time and more importantly, money.

Here in Australia there is no desire to remove our mandatory bicycle helmet law (or even relax it) as it is seen as ‘such a small issue. We ignore it at our peril – it is a barrier to cycling that really needs to be removed. Think of it (the removal of the law) as a pinch of salt: a seemingly trivial ingredient, without which you can’t make a decent loaf of bread. We need this barrier to be removed.

Congratulations on the formation of the brand new Dutch Cycling Embassy! We follow with interest.

An Australian Enjoying Helmet Choice…

overseas (the only place, apart from the Northern Territory – or the back of a pedicab – where such a luxury exists)

Image Source: Daily Mail

Something tells me that this wouldn’t quite have the same look if it were done in Australia as cycling without a helmet is illegal (and practically suicidal behaviour the ‘experts’ would have us believe).

He looks like he’s having a splendid time.

GetUp and Have Your Voice Heard

Help vote up the suggestion that we should ‘Repeal Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Laws’ on the GetUp! forum.

Repealing mandatory bicycle helmet laws (or at the very least, and exemption for bike share schemes) costs the Australian taxpayer precisely… nothing!

Add your voice to Helmet Choice.

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