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 Martyn P on September 19, 2012 at 2:27pm

Well said and couldn't agree more. You don't need to be a 'cyclist' to ride a bike. In the same way most people who drive a car wouldn't list motorsports as a hobby. The bicycle should be seen as utilitarian device that solves a simple problem (practical and cheap transport for short distances in urban environments) rather than as sporting equipment.

Comment by Dan on September 20, 2012 at 11:44am

So I sent a bunch of emails to the copper that gave me a ticket the other day.

And he responded in an interesting way.

I've posted the letters I sent to him, and his response here:


Comment by Alan Todd on September 20, 2012 at 11:59am

Dan you go to a lot of effort to explain things - good on you.  The response was very thoughtful.    

Comment by John G on September 20, 2012 at 12:30pm
Comment by St Etienne on September 20, 2012 at 1:13pm

The Melbourne scheme will quite possibly wind up next year. The state government and the RACV (its utterly incompetent operators) are apparently ready to give up on it. BV has been doing whatever it can to stop the failure of the scheme to turn into a helmet law debate. They rarely (if ever) promote the the bikes, and whenever a story is done on it in the press they wheel out their PR man to state that helmets are not the problem. If the scheme eventually dies out they can just claim that it wasn't their baby and that Melbourne wasn't ready for bike share.

I made a suggestion to start up a "Friends of bike share" website to try and garner support for the scheme to survive. It's likley going to be a futile gesture but at least we can try.

Comment by Martyn P on September 20, 2012 at 1:13pm

Another great article by Mike-O! Seems to be one of the few public voices representing cyclists in Australia. 

Comment by Jason Brown on September 20, 2012 at 2:26pm

I made a suggestion to start up a "Friends of bike share" website 


Activist protip: start a Facebook page if it doesn't already exist. Far easier to grow than a 'traditional' website. Then integrate with a twitter feed and hashtag, THEN think about a website. What you're after is numbers and activity, and like it or loathe it, Facebook makes that easy.

If one does exist, promote it like mad.

Comment by Bob Moore on September 20, 2012 at 2:31pm
Comment by Alan Todd on September 20, 2012 at 2:51pm

I spent some time and effort making submission to and attending a workshop for the new City of Melbourne Bike Plan.  Discussion of bike share was a significant section in the draft plan.  By the final version (about to be released) it was reduced to a bland three statements.  The response to the many submissions suggesting reform of helmet law as a way of saving the scheme was "the City of Melbourne supports mandatory helmet legislation"

I know the City of Melbourne is not directly responsible for the scheme, but I despair at the lack of vision and leadership.

Comment by Kathy Francis on September 23, 2012 at 2:03pm

Freestyle Cyclists pre - launch ride.

On the morning of our launch (Saturday, October 6th) there will be a leisurely ride along the Merri Creek to CERES where we are having our Campaign launch.

The meeting place for the ride is the Coburg Lake Reserve on Murray Rd. Coburg. Meet at 10.45 for an 11.00 departure at the picnic tables beside the playground 50 metres from Murray Rd.

The Reserve is 500 metres from Batman Railway Station on the Upfield line. From the station, head down Gaffney St. towards Sydney Rd. , cross Sydney Rd. and Gaffney St. becomes Murray Rd.

The ride is easy, safe, off-road cycling and about 7km.

My phone no. is 0400 502325 if anyone needs to get in touch.

We may need to do another short ride for the media at some time during the launch so have your bikes handy and we will head to where they want us.

Photographers bring cameras as the media may use our photos


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