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 John G on September 11, 2012 at 11:52am

Back up now.  It was down for about 6-7 minutes.  Curious...

Comment by St Etienne on September 11, 2012 at 12:50pm

Commenter Robert:

There is a simple answer to your desire not to wear a helmet, WALK! or go for a Run. Then you can wear any hat you want.

Or drive. Or catch public transport. Kind of nails it really. Cyclists here are quite happy that people who don't want to wear a helmet are not riding bikes. Possibly the most self-defeating attitude in the whole wide world of bike advocacy.

Comment by Jason Brown on September 11, 2012 at 1:38pm

Dear Amazed123. You'll forgive me, I'm sure, for discounting your opinion on helmets, given the fact you can't spell "helmet"  (comment 402006)


Comment by Dan on September 13, 2012 at 10:23am

I got another ticket this morning - cops waiting at the bottom of Anzac Bridge ramp. Had a nice chat with them - not the usual guys.

Then there were more cops at Pyrmont Bridge, perhaps 500m up the road. Come on guys, that's not fair. I saw them an rode around the convention centre to avoid them.

The Constable I spoke to an Anzac bridge was interested in my comments about the evidence for helmets, and asked me to send him information. Oh boy, is he going to regret that!

But perhaps you can help - if you have copies of research papers that I should send him, drop me a line. I've got a lot of stuff, but there's some original papers I don't have.

Comment by St Etienne on September 18, 2012 at 10:52am
Instructions from a helmet supplier on how to upsell helmets at bike shops.

Comment by Kathy Francis on September 18, 2012 at 1:11pm

The Bundaberg NewsMail has a feature on the helmet law debates.

To vote in the opinion poll or comment :


Comment by Neil Alexander on September 18, 2012 at 2:49pm

"Yes", the correct answer in this case, is lagging a bit and needs a bump up. Vote early, clear cookies, and often...

Comment by St Etienne on September 18, 2012 at 2:58pm
"Bicycle shop owner Mat Wall said people who had chosen not to ride bikes because of helmets were not committed to riding in the first place. 'They are just using that as an excuse.'"

And this is exactly why "committed cyclists" like Mr Wall have absolutely no idea about bike advocacy. Move along.
Comment by Ride2Wk on September 18, 2012 at 11:37pm

Agreed. With friends like that who needs enemies!

I wear lycra for my commute & do ride in bunches occassionally, but many "lycra race cyclists" & even some bike shop owners are cycling's own worse problem.

Most anti-cycling comments in newspaper seem to be directed at bunch riders and as St Etienne says, they do not help bike advocacy much at all.

The idea that someone needs to be "committed to riding" to ride to the shops for some milk or kids riding a bike to school is just stupid.

Comment by St Etienne on September 19, 2012 at 2:12pm

The idea that someone needs to be "committed to riding" to ride to the shops for some milk or kids riding a bike to school is just stupid.

There's nothing wrong with being committed to cycling; people who love riding and who will go out in any conditions for transport or recreation are obviously admirable in their dedication. What I don't like is this dismissive attitude towards people who don't quite fit into the "committed cyclist" mould. Besides, if you need to be committed to ride a bike in Australia then it will forever remain a marginal mode of transport.


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