We are holding our annual ‘Stop Fining Healthy Transport’ helmet optional ride in Melbourne in support of helmet law reform on Saturday 19th March.
Helmet laws continue to be a barrier to safe everyday cycling. It is now over thirty years since Australia went it alone on this one, and remains to this day the only place in the world where adults are regularly fined (and fined large sums) for practicing this socially, environmentally and personally healthy form of transport. King County in the USA (which includes Seattle, twin birthplace with Melbourne of mandatory helmet law zealotry) repealed their long standing helmet law just this year, so it is possible. We want to see an end to this stupidity in Australia.
Last year, we focussed less on protest, and more on growing our community. We are continuing in this vein this year, and are again asking people to bring a friend in support of this aim. I’d like to stress that this is a relaxed, friendly gently paced ride.
Details of the ride are as follows:
Date: Saturday 19th March
Start: Meeting at 10.30 for an 11.00am start. You can come earlier if you would like to do coffee/breakfast first. I will be there from10.00am.
Place: 815 Nicholson St. Nth. Carlton, outside Park Dining on the Capital City Trail
We will follow a similar route as previous years, keeping almost entirely to off road paths. We will end at Abbotsford Convent around 12 noon where everyone is welcome to join in a BYO picnic. Food can also be purchased at the convent.
Please put the date in your calendar if you are able to participate.
You can contact me directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need more information.
Freestyle Cyclists Inc.