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How clueless can a roads minister be?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Dec 27, 2014. 9 Replies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbvYkATHYMQHow can someone so clueless about cycling be put in a position where he decides how we ride our…Continue

Time to change tyre?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sir Ubu, Viscount of Sitlandria Aug 29, 2014. 11 Replies

This tyre has been really good. Not a single puncture in 2 years, riding mostly on inner city streets. It is a Vittoria Randonneur.Looks like it might need to replaced but I'm tempted to keep it for…Continue

Cycling stimulates thinking?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rohan Tayler Dec 4, 2013. 8 Replies

I have noticed that good ideas often emerge while cycling, particularly cycling to work. It wasn't much more than an anecdote though. However, I discovered this interesting…Continue

No logic to cycle of abuse on roads

Started this discussion. Last reply by jellybean May 24, 2013. 58 Replies

A good article by Elizabeth Farrelly.Hopefully helps shift attitudes a bit.…Continue

 

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Jon replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion How stupid can a roads minister be?
"The stupidity of our electrol system is the parties. Really, the two main options are voting for big business to get their way, without considering anyone else, OR, to vote for the unions to get their way. I normally dumb this down to "are you…"
Dec 27, 2014
Rohan Tayler replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion How stupid can a roads minister be?
"Is that an early prototype smart helmet?"
Dec 27, 2014
Rohan Tayler replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion How stupid can a roads minister be?
"That was the most muddled bit of the interview "We need to better regulate motorists to stop cyclists breaking the law" Or something."
Dec 27, 2014
Neil Alexander replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion How stupid can a roads minister be?
"Don't confuse D.Gay (the Roads Minister) with D.Gray (the velodrome). ;-)"
Dec 27, 2014
mikesbytes replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion How stupid can a roads minister be?
"There's no relationship between the changes that D.Gray proposes and the prime safety issues"
Dec 27, 2014
Will Wassell replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion How stupid can a roads minister be?
"I think its more a case of how (much more) stupid can they get. "
Dec 26, 2014
Neil Alexander replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion How stupid can a roads minister be?
"We used to lampoon "Colossus of Roads", Wal Murray, but I 've never seen D.Gay get even this close to riding a bicycle: "
Dec 26, 2014
Robflyte replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion How stupid can a roads minister be?
"mentions a metre matters and then goes straight into cyclists breaking rules, what?"
Dec 26, 2014
Human909 replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion How stupid can a roads minister be?
"Apparently Duncan Gay recognises that he needs to "examine every possible means of protecting cyclists". If only he did."
Dec 26, 2014
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How stupid can a roads minister be?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbvYkATHYMQHow can someone so clueless about cycling be put in a position where he decides how we ride our bikes?How can we improve the understanding of cycling of such decision makers?See More
Dec 26, 2014
Kathy Francis replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Examples of helmet propaganda in the group Helmetless riders
"Bicycle Network cannot distinguish coercion into wearing a helmet from agreement with the law. After they argued successfully to massively increase helmet fines to absurd levels in Victoria, many people could no longer afford to ride without a…"
Sep 28, 2014
Keen Cyclist replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Examples of helmet propaganda in the group Helmetless riders
".......and even if you believe that helmets reduce injury by 29%, that does not in itself justify a helmet law. I'm sure bullet proof vests reduce gun shot wounds by a similar amount, yet there is no mbpvl."
Sep 28, 2014
sydneyCommuter added a discussion to the group Helmetless riders
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Examples of helmet propaganda

There has been mention in the general comments of an article that appears to be impartial, while peddling misleading helmet “studies”. It might be worthwhile bringing this into a discussion, so that the discussion is not lost in the comments.The article was published in a magazine called Ride-On, published by Bicycle Network, a group funded by car manufacturers.For years, Bicycle…See More
Sep 28, 2014
sydneyCommuter commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"About this: Hello all, found a link to a recent Ride Ons story on helmets here. (PDF) Despite the emotional anecdote at the beginning and ending I think the author remained pretty impartial throughout. Reading the article more carefully, it is an…"
Aug 31, 2014
Sir Ubu, Viscount of Sitlandria replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"$0.35, or 1/20th of a GP co-pay. I suspect you'd be needing more than one GP visit every 20 tyres in this condition! ;-)"
Aug 29, 2014
PeterT replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"but I'm tempted to keep it for as long as it can last. I think he's pretty much made up his mind on this. I mean if cold hard 35cents/week and 12% costing numbers can't sway him I doubt if a hypothetical medical visit can! (...and I…"
Aug 28, 2014

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Recreational
Where in Sydney do you live ?
South
Tell us about your bikes
Sit-up, comfortable bike
About Me:
Grew up in Europe, in a world where cycling was normal and safe.
I cycle mainly as a mode of transport, using a sturdy bike.

Arrived in Australia in 1991. Cycled to work until 1992, when I was told in a rude & aggressive manner by the police to “Get off the road”. My crime? I wasn't wearing a polystyrene hat.

I switched to motorcycles and cycled mostly on off-road cycle paths, mostly on week-ends.

In 2007, my deteriorating health prompted to start cycling more regularly. Since cycling to work again, my health has improved a bit, although it is still a challenge.

This has prompted me to look at cycling as a mode of transport, especially for health benefits. Researching this topic made me realise the damage done by our helmet law, driven by irrational fears and superstition. I'm not the only one affected. I hope I can contribute to get rid of this idiocy.

Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 1:39am on August 26, 2010, Russ W said…
Excellent.
Russ Webber
President
North Shore Bicycle Group
www.sydneyharbourlink.com
webberrus@gmail.com
9906 7238
0405 404 005
At 1:31am on August 31, 2010, Ride2Wk said…
Thanks SC for the comments. Different style of bike & riding but looking at your Accident Avoidance article & other comments, it looks like we have similar good sense approach.
At 5:25pm on February 29, 2012, Bernard said…

It's a Dutch ID with two fat dogs on board.

At 3:37pm on April 28, 2012, CM said…

Hi SC!  Yes, I left Helmetless Riders in a bit of a huff a couple of months ago after a bit of unpleasant bollocking from couple of (then) members that jumped to the wrong conclusion about a post I made and then proceeded to dump on me for it without bothering to clarify what I was on about.  Looking back on it I can see what they were getting at, but at the time I was just over it all and didn't feel like wasting the time trying to sort it out.  Besides, some people's egos just get in the way of pleasant and engaging exchanges of ideas.  On a brighter note, I notice that both the main offenders have since left the site, so I might end up joining the group again.

At 3:22pm on June 4, 2012, Dan said…

Hi SC,

I'd rather keep it together for a few days,just because they're really part of the package but if things are quiet then I'd be happy to separate them..

That ok?

Cheers,

Dan

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