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Aussie Bicycle Riders fund pays Court imposed bike helmet fines

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scientia et Labore Feb 8, 2016. 16 Replies

Last November, after an 18 month battle, Sue Abbott was fined $560 and given a criminal conviction for riding a bicycle without a helmet in Adelaide in 2014.The injustice and stupidity of this Court…Continue

Freestyle Cyclists helmet optional ride, Adelaide May 29th.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Martin Jun 2, 2014. 14 Replies

This short film captures well the spirit of the ride that was held last week to coincide with the Velo-city Global European Cycling Federation conference in Adelaide.Australian anti helmet law…Continue

Bicycle New South Wales policy on helmet law changes again

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathy Francis Mar 12, 2014. 6 Replies

Those of us campaigning for helmet law reform are confused by yet another change in position on helmet law by BNSW  on their website.In August, 2013 we took the following quote from their website:"…Continue

Petition to reform helmet laws in Australia and new Zealand

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scientia et Labore Oct 30, 2012. 62 Replies

Freestyle Cyclists Australia and New Zealand have a petition going on the home page of their website. The petition calls for the reform of mandatory helmet laws in both countries, to promote and…Continue

 

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Kathy Francis commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Two riders were fined during the Sydney protest. I'm not sure if we have to wait for them to receive their fines in the mail to be sure. The fund to pay Court costs is still going. The balance shown is the amount raised, not the amount that…"
Mar 18
Kathy Francis commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Just letting everyone know that there are Freestyle Cyclists protest riders happening around Australia on Saturday, March 17th. The Sydney ride will  commence at Centennial Homestead, Centennial Park at 11.00am. There has been quite a bit of…"
Mar 11
Kathy Francis commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"No-one in Victoria, to my knowledge, has ever been fined while carrying a medical letter from a doctor. So we have not tested this one in Court. Plenty of people have used a doctor's letter to avoid a penalty."
Feb 6
Kathy Francis commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Freestyle Cyclists of Sydney are having their second helmet optional community ride this Sunday, July 2nd at 12.15 at Olympic Park. The ride commences at Bicentennial Park Courts, 64 Victoria Ave, Concord West. The ride aims to bring people with a…"
Jun 28, 2017
Kathy Francis commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Were you fined Dan ? That means you were never stopped in the hysterical period after Duncan Gay's fines came in ?"
Jun 23, 2017
Kathy Francis commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Report on the helmet optional protest organised by Freestyle Cyclists and held in Melbourne last weekend. http://rebelmetropolis.org/melbourne-rides-against-anti-cycling-helmet-laws/"
Mar 23, 2017
Kathy Francis commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"There is more civil disobedience in Melbourne now too. Now that NSW has the highest bike helmet fines in the world, at $190, Victoria's helmet fines seem cut-price. A few weeks ago we rode in the beach suburbs of Carrum and Mordialloc and saw…"
Feb 9, 2017
Kathy Francis replied to Neil Alexander's discussion The Saturday Paper 9 July 2016 in the group Helmetless riders
"Thanks Neil. I'm almost sorry I read it. I'm too angry now."
Jul 9, 2016
Kathy Francis replied to Neil Alexander's discussion The Saturday Paper 9 July 2016 in the group Helmetless riders
"I can't read that article without subscribing. Are you able to copy it here ?"
Jul 9, 2016
Kathy Francis replied to PeterT's discussion New cycling no-go zones
"A reminder to anyone wanting to take a bike helmet fine to Court, that Upright Bicycle Riders and Freestyle Cyclists have a fund to cover the fine imposed by the Court. There is currently money in this fund to cover several New South Wales helmet…"
Mar 31, 2016
Kathy Francis replied to Pip Vice's discussion Draft apology for NSW State Govt penned by ACP
"Thanks Omar. In Victoria we also need an apology, but a smaller one than NSW."
Mar 2, 2016
Kathy Francis liked Pip Vice's discussion Draft apology for NSW State Govt penned by ACP
Mar 2, 2016
Kathy Francis replied to Chris Henning's discussion Unmentionable developments in the national capital
"The research is also currently being done by the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impacts. Their report will be out in June. They had mountains of Australian and International research provided to them."
Feb 15, 2016
Scientia et Labore replied to Kathy Francis's discussion Aussie Bicycle Riders fund pays Court imposed bike helmet fines
"That's great :-) I am up for a regular donation, albeit modest. To me it's a bit like a membership fee to an advocacy / representative organisation. Clearly if funds are needed for someone's helmet action I shall let you (the group)…"
Feb 8, 2016
Kathy Francis replied to Kathy Francis's discussion Aussie Bicycle Riders fund pays Court imposed bike helmet fines
"Thank-you for your contribution. The fund is in the early stages and at this stage the only Court imposed fines that have been paid have been Sues. Freestyle Cyclists Inc. the group administering the fund, will meet and vote to cover costs of helmet…"
Feb 8, 2016
Dabba replied to Kathy Francis's discussion Aussie Bicycle Riders fund pays Court imposed bike helmet fines
"I watched a bit of ABC's Landline on the weekend, and your reference to NP obstructionism was highlighted there where they won't allow bee keepers to put their hives in National Parks. What dumb shit within NPWS doesn't understand…"
Feb 8, 2016

Profile Information

What sort of riding do you do ?
Recreational
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Do not live in Sydney
Tell us about your bikes
Austrian Puch Promenade commuter cycle
About Me:
I am a 54 year old mother of four. I was a keen utility cyclist until compulsory bicycle helmets eventually forced me to give up riding.

Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 7:29pm on February 7, 2011, Bicycle Belle said…
Hi Kathy, Thanks for your welcoming message :-)
At 7:55am on February 21, 2011, Jamie K said…

Thanks Kathy and a Good Morning to all the members of the Sydney Cyclist community!

 

I am really looking forward to reading more and contributing to the discussions.  There seems to be so many fantastically qualified people already on this site - if only the bureaucrats would listen to their research and experience instead of blindly toeing the line of helmet manufacturers and car lobby groups!

 

Safe cycling isn't about a fraudulent bit of plastic on your head - it is all about being aware of yourself, the conditions, other road users and having respect for whatever is around you!

 

Cheers

Jamie

At 12:59pm on February 24, 2011, Tim Gummer said…

Cheers Kathy - there's nothing in the way of organisation yet. Those of us who would focus on that are spread pretty thin across different areas of cycle advocacy - and sadly there are many leading cycle advocates - even utility riders who don't get how important this issue is. So a lot of the lobbying is still within the community. The first TV media on the issue turned up the other day though.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Growing-calls-to-dump-helmet-law/tabid/370/articleID/198619/Default.aspx.

 

Probably one reason there's less focus on the issue is that prosecutions are  - relativelty to austrialia - rare, and fines less. Though there was the scary incident of the officer who rammed a cycle rider to 'save' him from riding without a helmet. Yes really. 

 

I really hope we do see some serious focus on this- but right now we her ein auckland are scrambling to make the most of a new local government receptive to boosting cycling, even if it doesn't have the first clue what utility cycling really is. So that's kind of a good thing.

At 12:01am on May 23, 2011, Common Old Garrwain said…
Thanks Kathy. I'm so glad you had a very good day after having travelled so far and the nasty experiences with the law. I have a feeling Sue Abbott is the charismatic advocate this cause has been waiting for.
At 10:13pm on June 21, 2011, Eeuwout Baart said…

Cheers Kathy,

This helmet debacle is funny coming from Holland. I have a lot more patience for it now. I suppose we just have a lot of educating to do. It is counter-intuitive and not always easy convincing people that mandatory helmet laws are actually making jumping on a bike more dangerous. 

At 5:43pm on March 15, 2013, Roisin Kelly said…

Hi there Kathy - i'd love to work on changing mandatory helmet laws. It'd sure beat arguing with cops. The law in NSW started in 1992. I've written to the Minister recently to ask what prompted this change in 1992. There's some good info on Sydney Cyclist and I'm still learning. Keep in contact.

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