Did they serve you the fine on the spot? Check if for clerical errors. I would also follwo Dave's advice in future.
I wonder if this is a way the Riot Squad are assuring their superiors that they can do something other than fight with idiots and anyone that Morris Bjelke-Iemma thinks is causing them issues. I remember reports that the police commissioner before Skip was adamant that he did not need or want a water cannon but Bjelke-Iemma in his haste to get re-elected bought one anyway (They may second it to the firebrigade in event of really bad bushfires!).
With the growing number of things that can be attached to a helmet but not your noggin (ie helmet cameras, mirrors and lights) and the safety consideration, A helmet is a good investment.…
hile riding on Parramatta road - at least on busy roads car drivers pay attention. I don't have a rear vision mirror on my bike and I have ridden in far more busier roads than Sydney and I have survived.
Oh and please make up your mind - one minute your anti helmet and now your telling us all to wear red helmets!!
Do you what any tips you are willing to share?
Yes, stop surfing the internet and go out and ride your bike. You aren't telling us anything new.…
would be considerate, see every cyclist on the road and not make errors.
We don't live in such a utopian world.
You can follow the letter of the law and still get killed if you do not think for yourself and ride to survive. Remember 99.9% of motorists break the road rules and most of them don't even realise what rule they have broken, so watch out for them.…
st as much likelihood of "texting, drunk, facebooking, playing angry birds, watching a movie on the iPad" drivers there, far more potential for conflict.
If worried, use a rear vision mirror. One fitted to your helmet (if you wear one), or one with mount surgically implanted in skull if not, is extremely effective in keeping track of approaching traffic from behind.…
know that you are aware of their presence and are thus less likely to wobble out in front of them. They then overtake (making everybody happy) instead of continuing to nervously ride just behind you where they'll run you over if you come suddenly unstuck.
Mirrors ... never tried em. The thing that really scares me is the people who wear those little ones attached to their helmets.
Nothing like riding with a bendy metal spike in front of your eyes ...…
uld be a thing of the past. I note the fine is the same as not wearing a plastic hat ($319) but included two points which are often more important to bad motorists.
The fine are ridiculous and will cause a decrease in cycling, helmets and being hassled for not wearing one is a issue for cyclists in my area (Kings Cross/Darlinghurst) and some people I talk with will stop / decrease riding rather than wear a helmet. To some extent the significant increase will I think make more people active in helmet choice advocacy.
Giving a metre to peds is always a good idea, hard to do if they are walking four abreast taking the whole width of the path in which case I generally just stop and let the walk around me.
Pretty much what I expect from Minister Gay
PS - I notice the distance in the diagram is measured from the side mirror which is even better.…
es over the shoulder.
This is a good summary Bennelong but I'd like to add that in many parts of Europe where cycle provision is light-years ahead of AU, bikes are prohibited from using the big expressways. We like (to ride on) them here for the reasons you gave. But if alternatives for cycling were good in the future it is likely that we will be banned entirely from motorways.
I will enjoy them now while I may. And I'll be even more wary on the exit crossings.…
ical from what I've seen.
I asked exactly the questions which have been raised in this court case including the one about availability of the standard, which was ignored in the response to me from the minister. I was told that the helmet remains compliant and therefore legal to use.
"I am advised that this indicates that attaching a non-recommended device to a helmet is contrary to the spirit of the Standard but the helmet itself does not lose its approval. I am further advised that as long as the helmet is suppliedwith a compliant brochure or label it remains legal to wear it with an attachment.In regard to external projections, as you have also noted the Standard states there should be no rigid external projections greater that 5mm in height. DPTI has advised that this requirement relates to the shell or mould of the basichelmet itself and an attachment such as a mirror or light is not considered rigid and does not therefore form part of the basic structure of the helmet."
Someone else asked the same questions of NSW Transport and received the exact opposite opinion.
"Clause 9(f) of AS/NZS 1698: 2006 states: ““No attachments should be made to the helmet except those recommended by the helmet manufacturer”; this requirement was also in earlier versions of the standard. Attaching something to a motorcycle helmet – whether or not it is deemed to be a “modification” – contravenes this rule if the item attached is not recommended by the helmet manufacturer. This means that the helmet no longer complies with AS/NZS 1698, so it is no longer “approved” and the wearer is in breach of the Road Rules 2008."
magistrate Fiona Stewart said the charge was “very straightforward"
so there's yet another authoritative but rather useless opinion as it looks to be anything but straightforward.…
t - I realise not everyone wants one. Re EMT's comment about it interfering with the main function of the helmet, it would easily become detached from helmet at the spherical clip during impact and all parts are bendable and soft.
I find it is useful when:
ride-leading - easy to check whether all the riders are behind and they all got through the lights.
bike paths - easy to tell when cyclists approaching from rear, good to know IMO.
straight stretches of road when cycling alone - can be aware of vehicle approaching from rear - what size and shape and whether they are towing a wider trailer, for example. The latter is good to know when cycling around the Ku-ring-gai Chase NP roads (which I like to frequent), which are quite narrow and have many boats being towed.
my neck often has restricted movement due to arthritis, so turning my head not an easy option.