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 May 14, 2012 at 7:43pm

Sad to hear about people leaving. Also enjoyed Etienne's posts.

Comment by Dan on May 15, 2012 at 12:52am

Got told to get a helmet again tonight. From a guy riding in the dark dressed all in black with no lights...

Full story here:


Comment by Martyn P on May 15, 2012 at 2:04pm

Started riding my Dutch bike to work without a helmet. So far (3 weeks) no one has said anything to me but I know its just a question of time. Anyone got any good comebacks/defense when I inevitably get pulled over by the law or harrased by a bogan?

Comment by Robflyte on May 15, 2012 at 2:17pm

"Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave"

Comment by Tom Nockolds on May 15, 2012 at 10:03pm

Nice one, Sub Ops.  I gave up wearing a helmet for most of my bike riding needs over 18 months ago and if your experience is going to be anything like mine, you'll find yourself enjoying your bike rides more, riding slower, taking less risks and getting involved in less no more 'close calls' as a result.  The cops are unlikely to bother you too much unless your name happens to be Dan or you ride over Pyrmont Bridge each day.

I reckon you can't go past Robflyte's advice to just smile and wave.  For bogans and other idiots it's best to either ignore them or smile at them.  For the cops it'd be a bit weird to smile and wave at them (while they're trying to give you a ticket)...but it wouldn't hurt anyone would it?

Comment by Alan Todd on May 17, 2012 at 10:17am

The Mayor of Adelaide is now supporting relaxation of helmet laws (though as a politician, he has given it a ten year time frame).  http://www.indaily.com.au/?iid=62849&sr=0#folio=2

Maybe the prospect of VeloCity in 2014 will speed things up.  I can't help feeling the opposition is just a bit less cocky than they used to be - more on the back foot.

Comment by John G on May 23, 2012 at 2:27pm

Did anyone happen to listen to Adam Spencer on 702 this morning?  He gave a passionate and I think generally misinformed 'rant' (his word for it) against cyclists without helmets.


There was some talkback, but unfortunatly I had to leave for work.  Did anyone hear how it went on?


I was surprised.  It was more worthy of a shock jock than a reputable ABC presenter.  Maybe 702 has a ratings problem...

Comment by Kathy Francis on June 4, 2012 at 4:08pm

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffaldi believes a helmet exemption should be given for the planned Perth Bike-hire scheme.

In the article from todays TheWest Ms. Scaffaldi is quoted as saying 

"... people who are just enjoying a leisurely bike ride should be able to ride with the wind in their hair if they choose "


Comment by RidesToWork on June 10, 2012 at 10:16am

Cycle campaign group Spokes stops publicising events requiring participants to wear helmets - http://road.cc/content/news/59533-cycle-campaign-group-spokes-cease...

"“Compulsion, or one-sided promotion, is very wrong – even more so as they put people off the healthy choice of getting about by bike. Therefore, Spokes will not, after this [bulletin] issue, publicise charity rides or other events involving helmet compulsion. We call on all other organisations concerned about public health to do the same."

Well, said, SPOKES!

Comment by Kathy Francis on June 11, 2012 at 10:09am

This is certainly a good development. I'm fairly convinced that helmet promotion and compulsion peaked a couple of years ago. Both internationally and in Australia most of the publicity is moving the other way now. On the research side no-one is publishing findings to counter the deluge of empirical data that shows the MHL has failed.

The European Cycling Federation conference Velo City will be held in Vancouver in a fortnight. It is anticipated that some definite consensus on helmets will be reached there. 


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