Byron Bay

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  • john says:

    Because we ride helmetless in Byron Bay doesn’t mean that its legal!
    The cops still target locals with fines, “….the tourists don’t have to pay the fine…”, so its still not normalised sufficiently.

  • Harvey says:

    ​Interesting observations. The absence of helmets changes the behavior of motorists. There is evidence that wearing a helmet leads to motorists being less cautious around cyclists. Cyclists wearing helmets tend to take more risks. This is called risk compensation, a well-known phenomenon.

    We shouldn’t be surprised that the rate of accidents increased after the helmet law was introduced in Australia.
    Yet that dangerous side-effect of the helmet law has been ignored by helmet fanatics. They live in a fantasy world where wearing a helmet doesn’t affect cyclists behavior, doesn’t affect motorists behavior, and doesn’t discourage cycling.
    Helmet fanatics keep publishing “studies” claiming that bicycle helmet prevent 60% of serious injuries. If that were true, it would be a miracle for a piece of polystyrene, and Australia wouldn’t have one of the highest rate of cycling injuries in the world.
    The helmet law is not just wrong. It’s plain stupid. The increased accident rate outweighs the “protection” provided by polystyrene hats. No wonder the rest of the world has shunned Australia’s “lead”.

    The stupidity is plain to see in Byron Bay. There are very few cycling accidents. Cycling is safe. Yet one of the few cyclists consistently wearing bicycle helmets are the cycling taxicab drivers. They are not stupid. They are only doing it to avoid being harassed by the cops. Yet what message does this send?
    “I’m engaged in such a dangerous activity that it requires wearing a polystyrene hat. However, my passengers don’t have to wear one.”. That makes perfect sense, imposing fake safety of the taxicab driver but not on the passengers.
    This is cycling safety according to the bureaucrats. Surprised it doesn’t work?

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