Now i know it is smart to wear a helmet riding down Portrush Rd in heavy traffic, or tearing down from Mt Lofty on a race bike, but if i want to ride down to the local deli on my old school pushy or roll up and down Rundle St letting latte sipping hipsters admire my flowing locks, then i believe it should be ok to go sans helm. After riding all over Europe last summer i grew accustomed to riding with no helmet, and i never felt my life was in grave danger. If the roads of London became too scary i just got off and walked my bike till things calmed down or i could find another (quieter) route. I think minors should be made to wear helmets, but as a adult member of a free society i am quite capable of deciding when and when not to take my helmet on a ride. This topic has probably surfaced quite a bit on these forums but it needs to be discussed again as a progression for change.
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They never mention any peer reviewed statistical literature in any credible journal.
There is no logic in this argument.
Anybody who has been married any time soon realises you can't win an emotional augment with logic.
If there are thousands of people who don't cycle because of MHL why dont the people who are keen on having these laws repealed gater this group together and make their voices heard?
After all people who presently cycle presently accept these laws whatever they think of them.
The sooner this augment dies a natural death the better.
Or am I just bashing my head against a wall to hope for this?
Perhaps we should have a contest!!!
I will bash my head against a wall with a helmet on.
The helmet law deniers can bash their heads against a wall with out a helmet.
Whomever has the least injury's after 5 bashes wins.
Well said Don. It is a very easy topic to get emotional about and once that happens logic goes out the window.
Tom morning I am having more cat scans and xrays and all kinds of pokes and probes to find out why 4 years after a 15kph crash caused by a dog I am still having headaches that last for up to three days every week. So as much as I would like to ride without a lid I know that the risk of head injury from a blunt impact to the ground is too great for the slower speeds that I do while commuting, mountain-biking, riding along the bike tracks etc. The cost to my family and friends for me having a more serious head injury or death would far out weigh the cost to me of wearing a helmet.
Your allowed to air your opinion, just don't use illogical, emotional, incorrect and out of date information and misquotes to try and prove your point.
Some time ago I was taught that the correct person to complain to about an issue is the person that can do something about it. The majority of people on this forum accept the helmet laws so these arguments against the helmet laws should be taken to the people that can do something about them, politicians would be my first suggestion.
BTW - Tim B mentioned two people, unless I can't read english properly I don't recall your name or initials being used so don't get so upset about his remarks.
Hi Terry, not sure where the confusion is, I specifically mentioned two people (stephen and the OP of the thread Will) as being narrow minded and selfish due to their single track subject matter posting history here on AC and NOT anyone else who has an anti MHL opinion. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, I just find it curious when people (apparently) join a forum to push a particular point of view.
The government finds it easier to bandaid a problem rather than spend time and money with larger education plans.
If they spent more on driver education and the creation and maintenance of infrastructure, we could keep our helmets for racing.
Also, police need to come down more heavily on both motorists and cyclists that make it dangerous for the other, to try and remove some of the bad sterotypes.
I'll come it at page 11 ....probably with rehashed advice.
If MHL are so upsetting, and you are a little angry Australia (and New Zealand) are the only countries with those laws.....perhaps I could suggest moving to another country (other than New Zealand)?
Different countries have different laws. Does that mean an Australian law is wrong?
Everyone is entitled to an opinion....but the above logic doesnt work for me.
It's a helmet. I wouldn't call having to wear one during a certain activity a breach of civil rights.
But they're oppressing me maaaaaan
@Steve - If you think Australia is anything like Nazi Germany I suggest you need to read a history book or two.
If we are being crushingly oppressed - run for parliment on your platform.
I'm sure you will drum up a vote or three.
and I thought it was "well that Country doesnt have a MHL so why should our Country?" arguement that was found at the bottom of the grease trap of comments.
I guess you learn something new every day.
Can I start a life jacket thread????