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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Advert for MHL in SMH

Started by PeterT Feb 10. 0 Replies

The Saturday Paper 9 July 2016

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

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Comment by charlie_L on June 2, 2018 at 7:27pm

Video worth a look

Comment by Colin on June 3, 2018 at 3:47pm

Yep, a great video to show people who are new to the issue.

Comment by PeterT on June 7, 2018 at 12:20am

I just came across this RMS PDF


It surprised me to see that in Section 4.5.3 and 4.54 , there was an acknowledgement there was a decline in riders, particularly children ; probably the same adult drivers now driving without empathy around cyclists.

Comment by Vicki on June 7, 2018 at 1:59am
The RMS has several articles from that era published on their site under research in the cycling section. They all acknowledge the reduction in cycling numbers that was taking place but all expressed the belief that numbers would recover. It never happened and is a tragedy for cycling in Australia
Comment by charlie_L on June 7, 2018 at 2:11am

Also in section 4.2.2  "Although the surveys were not intended to provide a measure of bicycle use, there was a downward trend of 47% in the number of bicycle riders observed riding to and from school from 1991 to 1993. However, helmet wearing in this group has increased."

The original research reports (Walker, 1990; Walker, 1991; Walker, 1992; Smith and Milthorpe, 1993) consistently mention the decline in numbers several times. As they did not set out to measure bicycle use the decline was only noticed in the later reports. They had incomplete data for adults across the sites as early on where they were looking at child cyclists some collectors noted adult cyclists and some did  not. The rise in cycle use at recreational areas (sec 4.2.3) may be wholly due to the change in recording practice, ie. not counting all adults before the law but counting them all after the law. The data collectors also noted the effects of weather on cycling rates and the effect of major rugby league matches adjacent to one of the recreational areas.

In the hospital casualty (separations) data and the Coffs Harbour data the fall in child injuries was smaller than the reported fall in child cycling, suggesting the rate of injury per rider actually went up after legislation. The data for adults is not reliable enough to say the same but the strong effect among 1990s children represents a generation of potential riders lost from everyday cycling.


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