Freestyle Cyclists’ Helmet Optional Ride

Event Details

Freestyle Cyclists’ Helmet Optional Ride

Time: March 17, 2018 from 11am to 12:15pm
Location: Centennial Homestead, Centennial Park
Street: Grand Drive
City/Town: Sydney
Website or Map: http://www.freestylecyclists.…
Event Type: community, protest, ride
Organized By: Freestyle Cyclists
Latest Activity: Mar 17, 2018

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Event Description

Cyclists will go helmet free in rides across Australia on Saturday 17 March in support of helmet choice.


Organised by Freestyle Cyclists, the rides aim to highlight the importance of cycling as a healthy and sustainable form of transport but which is being held back in Australia because of helmet legislation.


With Sydney facing a lot of transport challenges, we need to be encouraging people to look at riding a bicycle as alternative. Threatening them with one of the world’s highest fines for something that is considered normal in most countries, is having the opposite effect. 


Most bicycle-related fines are for failing to wear a helmet, while implementing measures that would make cycling safer are moving at a snail’s pace. Freestyle Cyclists wants Australia to join the rest of the world, and move beyond helmet fines. 


The Sydney ride will start at Centennial Homestead, Centennial Park at 11am and end at about 12 noon after two clockwise laps of Grand Drive.  Supporting rides will take place in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Wellington (NZ) at the same time.


Internationally bike helmet laws have been almost universally rejected.  These laws prevent the uptake of cycling and the associated loss of benefits are greater than any potential safety gains. The practice of fining people for this healthy and benign activity makes no sense.  


It’s time to say enough.  Stop fining healthy transport.

Comment Wall

Comment by PeterT on March 2, 2018 at 5:46pm

Has an exemption from persecution by the fearless boys in blue been sought?

Comment by PeterT on March 10, 2018 at 10:18pm;  - there's good reason why I ask, even when renewing Resident Return Visa there are a set of questions :  Character declarationsCharacter declarationsHelpHas the applicant ever been charged with any offence that is currently awaiting legal action?    No   YesIf Yes, please give details  Has the applicant ever been convicted of an offence in any country (including any conviction which is now removed from official records)?    No   YesIf Yes, please give details  Has the applicant ever been the subject of an arrest warrant or Interpol notice?    No   Yes If Yes, please give details  

Comment by PeterT on March 17, 2018 at 2:07pm

Well, there were 7 cop cars and although it's a known protest ride , but the police said they don't have the discretion not to fine the riders without helmets and threatened the fines + additional charges  for persistence if the riders continued

Some attendees said it's worse than a Police state for what was a peaceful protest. I guess it takes outsiders to know


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