After years of reading very strident statements from what is one of the largest cycling advocacy groups in Australia, I never thought I'd live to see the day that Bicycle Network Australia would change policy:-

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Sounds like common sense to me.

After carefully considering the extraordinary amount of evidence, we’ve reached the conclusion that:

Australia’s mandatory helmet laws should be relaxed with a five-year trial permitting people older than 17 to choose whether they wear a helmet when riding on footpaths or off-road cycle paths.

Not only do people have strong individual opinions, but considerable academic brain power has been used to compile many studies and reports about MHL. The disparate opinions and studies mixed with the scarcity of reliable data measured before and after the introduction of MHL, have fuelled an emotive and contentious debate.

Unfortunately, the level of passion has made it difficult to even talk about MHL.

Bicycle Network started supporting MHL shortly after it was introduced in Australia in the early 1990s. We’ve endured heavy criticism for not advocating to repeal MHL*. More recently, we’ve received just as heavy criticism for announcing we are reviewing our policy



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