While not the complete demise of the helmet law which i would prefer to see the NT's adults offroad bicycle helmet exemption is a step in the right direction.
Has anyone here visited the NT recently what do they think of cycling there ?
Figures indicate they have greater numbers of bicycle users per head of population than any other state. They also have a safety record comparable to other states and better than many including SA.
The NT provides a clear cut example for other states to follow if they truly want to get more people using bicycles.
What do You think about the NT's relaxed helmet laws would they help in SA to make bicycle usage safer, more popular, convenient and comfortable. ?
Imagine being able to legally ride along bike paths and tracks wearing a hat so you can avoid the sun or simply without having to wear a hot sweaty helmet the entire time.
The particular point of interest here is the NT's significant change to the mandatory wearing of helmets and thus their treatment of cyclists.
The following excerpt is from the NT's "cycling safety" document under the section Helmets.
• For a person under 17 years of age an approved helmet, correctly fitted and fastened, must be worn at all times while riding.
• For a person 17 years of age or older, an approved helmet must be worn, correctly fitted and fastened, when travelling on a road or on abicycle lane that forms part of the road.
• The above helmet requirements apply to therider and any person being carried on a bicycle.Note: An approved helmet is a helmet that complies with Australian Standard AS/NZS 2063
The full document is available from
So the exclusion for ages 17+ basically allows everything except travel on the roads.