Helmetless riders


Helmetless riders

Sick of fools yelling "where's your helmet"? Can't understand why a safe mode of transport like cycling has been singled out for mandatory helmet wearing? Want to ride with the breeze in your hair? This is your group.

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The Saturday Paper 9 July 2016

Started by Neil Alexander. Last reply by Common Old Garrwain Jul 11, 2016. 7 Replies

Radio National and Bicycle Helmets

Started by Alan Todd. Last reply by sydneyCommuter Jul 18, 2015. 1 Reply

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Comment by Alan Todd on September 27, 2012 at 7:59am

Promotion of our upcoming protest ride in today's Age at http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/protesting-cyclists-to-make-merri...

The report is a bit short on detail, but hey, the photo says it all.

There is a poll, so don't forget to vote.  Closes in ten hours.

Comment by Paul Martin on September 27, 2012 at 9:15am

That's a lovely image.

Comment by St Etienne on September 27, 2012 at 5:48pm
Hey Kathy and Alan. Met your daughter Arwen yesterday for a photoshoot next to Merri Creek. The end result should be quite humorous because Nik and I brought our dogs on cargo bikes for the shoot.

I'll be at Ceres for the launch but I may not be able to make the ride beforehand. Depending on how long it takes I may be able to meet you half way. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Comment by Kathy Francis on September 27, 2012 at 6:47pm

Hi Etienne, Glad you were able to make the photo shoot yesterday and looking forward to seeing the results. 

The ride on Saturday the 6th starts at 11.00 so you could ride backwards up the Merri Creek and meet us - we will probably get to CERES before 12.00 .

The dogs, like babies are a good bicycle photo addition - humanises us law breakers .

Comment by Kathy Francis on September 27, 2012 at 6:54pm

The Poll that accompanied the Age article has just closed at 56% to 44 % for helmet choice. This is a great result for us as the Poll was bigger than any I have seen on the subject. That is 4480 people who voted with us - not a number to be scoffed at. No longer will the so called Bicycle advocacy groups be able to say we are a 'tiny' group as they have maintained for years.

The Greens should also sit up and take notice . Their ungreen transport Policy favouring motor vehicles over unhelmetted cyclists demands serious scrutiny as this does not seem to be what their members want. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this poll. I will be making sure our elected representatives are aware of the result (although not scientific it is a lot of people) and will right now let Bicycle Victoria  know they are out of touch.

Comment by St Etienne on September 27, 2012 at 7:43pm
Hi Kathy, I'll try my best to meet halfway. Apologies for not being able to make it from the start but I have a long-standing commitment in the morning.
Comment by St Etienne on September 30, 2012 at 1:01pm

"In the United States the notion that bike helmets promote health and safety by preventing head injuries is taken as pretty near God’s truth. Un-helmeted cyclists are regarded as irresponsible, like people who smoke."


That last point is pretty close to the mark. The opprobrium that is dished out to people who are engaging such a low-risk and healthy activity is completely irrational and just makes cycling nasty.

Comment by St Etienne on October 2, 2012 at 10:30am
Yours truly makes an appearance in this article.

Comment by Alan Todd on October 2, 2012 at 1:46pm

Would that be the cool dude with the Australian Standard cycling fedora?

Comment by Justin Smirk on October 3, 2012 at 12:35am

The introduction of bike share programmes is starting to get the helmet debate (or the argument against the introduction of MHL) rolling in the US. Here is the article


Has anyone come across Prof. Piet de Jong,of applied finance and actuarial studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. He is mentioned in the article?


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