This add series was aired by a friend on TV in Brisbane recently. :-)
QLD recently had change of government the original nanny state party is gone so there is now a good chance that there could be a change to the helmet laws either to an NT style exemption or complete exemption for all adults.
It is remarkable that at time when we are about to be hit with a CO2 tax and with all the public concern over global warming and the huge burden on the health system of sedentary lifestyle diseases that the most efficient and healthy form of transport has been and is still being discouraged by helmet laws. As a result of this law the predominant type of riders remaining on our roads seem to be lycra wearing men on racers - this would tend to suggest that repealing this law would result in a huge increase in the number of other people riding especially women (the NT has the highest participation of women riders of any state - it is also the only region with a bicycle helmet exemption for adults ).
At the same time there is a lack of any statistical evidence of effacicy of helmet laws in fact their failure and large deterrent effect on cycling is both used as...
- so why are we still burdened with this counter productive nanny state law.
Even though 1500 people die in car accidents yearly car drivers are not forced to wear helmets, in fact the government takes our tax and gives it away to incompetent car companies who cant balance their books. !
The government's bias is clear, in your car it's air-conditioned comfort but ride a bike and you get will get fined if you refuse to wear a sweat box on your head even at low speed or offroad.
The Labor governments poor judgment and steadfast refusal to admit their bias is obvious - it is simply appalling that this law not only results in thousands of innocent people being fined every year, which is at best a waste of police time and resources. It also deters thousands more from cycling in favour of motor cars which are one of the primary sources of pollution including not just C02 but other toxins which can cause health problems for people living near roads. Motor vehicles are also responsible for the great majority of pedestrians killed each year and over 90% of cyclist fatalities.
Whether you personally prefer to wear a helmet or not please show your support for reform and support the right of others to choose for themselves.
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So your logic is because you don't have to wear a helmet in a car you shouldn't have to wear on on a bike?
Are you suggesting that seat belts, air bags and the car body offer the occupants of a car no protection in the event of an accident?
Not at all. They do offer protection but a properly designed helmet would likely reduce the extent of head injuries on top of that.
My logic is not that because don't have to wear a helmet in a car I shouldn't have to wear one on a bike. It is that the unintended negative consequences of an all ages mandatory helmet law have outweighed any expected benefits, particularly given that effectively nothing else is done to keep cyclists safe.
OMG is this discussion still going?
Yep - I'm off my meds and having fun replying to the stupid statements some people make
Yep...and you just became a part of it mate.
All of the statement I made, including the part about my medications, is true.
I have personally seen the result of a rider hitting the deck head first, while wearing a helmet, and I am sure that it saved his life. The fact is - - they do reduce injuries.
Terry, how could even suggest that such is possible in these pages - Helmets are EVIL and we all know it.
PS of course that person must have been a "racer", and not a trendy on a fixie with the wind flowing through her Sunsilk washed hair, a hand bag strapped over the front handle bar and high heels, doing 12KMH.
Yeah look at all these scofflaws campaigning for cycling safety. Oh that's right they are not scofflaws - they have a choice and look how many choose to ride bicycles. The thing is apart from Australia and NZ and a couple of shining examples of enlightenment in the Middle East, no countries have all ages mandatory helmet laws and nowhere else are they so rigorously enforced - usually with sanctimonious lectures thrown in for good measure.
Just accept it - you MHL people are in the minority. Isn't this about the laws and their effect, rather than the helmets and their effect? So, how does it feel to be part of a strident minority?
Looks like the old guy at lower right has a big red blancmonge on his head
Edible bike helmets..now theres an idea. It would solve the problem of people sick of lugging their helmets around while off their bike.