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Canberra ‘Punk Commute’

By FreedomCyclist 20 September 2011 110

Bells, bicycles & sustainable transport!

Q. Why has the latter flopped in Australia?

…in a nutshell…

A. Bicycle helmet law & promotion!

Ignore shrill protestations trotted out by bicycle helmet promoters, politicians,  car & bicycle clubs!!! – bicycle helmet law & bicycle helmet promotion are the reasons

…& Australians are not happy!

This Wednesday 21st September 2011, a small group of ‘Punk Commuters’ are taking to the Canberra streets to peacefully protest about our crippling helmet regulation.

Starting at Civic Square right next to the Statue of Ethos (12:30pm sharp) & close to ACT Legislative Assembly, the bicycle plan is to cycle in a peaceful ‘protest-erly’ manner along to Parliament House for the distance of roughly 3kms. There’ll be megaphones & speeches, & of course there’ll be plenty of ‘ringing of bells,’ peacefully – maybe there’ll even be a pollie or 2?!

Yes! on Wednesday, peaceful transport is going to get the love it deserves ? ? ?

…& needless to mention, everyone will decide their hat-wear options!

Our democracy, our rules – let’s urge Australian politicians to ‘once again’ recognise cyclists’ right to choose whether to helmet or not!!

…& watch us as we briefly reclaim the Canberra Streets!

What’s Your opinion?


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troll-sniffer 9:59 pm 22 Sep 11

Kramer said :

Happy for people to not wear helmets provided they also give up their right to medical care due to head trauma suffered from cycling accidents while not wearing a helmet.
If you want darwinism, then we’ll give it to you.

In exactly the same vein and with the same logic…”Happy for people to not wear helmets provided they also give up their right to medical care due to head trauma suffered from car accidents while not wearing a helmet. The road authorities know that the statistics for cyclists and motorists/passengers in vehicles are similar, but they know that picking on motorists is much much harder than what is seen as a soft target, the fringe group who enjoy cycling.

The other day a nice Mr Plod gave me a bill for $69.00 for the privilege of letting the wind of freedom blow through my hair. A rough calculation since the previous penalised infraction shows that it’s costing me around 9 cents per ride to enjoy the freedom I refuse to give up. Seems like a small price to pay.

billyboy2 7:56 pm 22 Sep 11

You have a right to think and say what you like BicycleCanberra but there’s no need for insults because my experience meant that I don’t have a head injury due to wearing a helmet or because I want my kids to have fun while also adding a bit of extra safety to that fun. I’m entitled to my opinion just as you are but I didn’t insult anyone while expressing that.

s-s-a 2:20 pm 22 Sep 11

I think full padded suits would be more effective. Unless they want to pay their own medical costs if they break a bone by tripping over.

Haha… reminds me of this clip

Thumper 2:17 pm 22 Sep 11

I think full padded suits would be more effective. Unless they want to pay their own medical costs if they break a bone by tripping over.

Sumo suits. Nothing less.

You know that it makes sense.

BicycleCanberra 2:14 pm 22 Sep 11

billyboy2 said :

“Head injuries can and do happen to cyclists in solo, low-speed accidents”

I, for one, am grateful to my helmet for the protection it gave my head as it thumped onto the bicycle path after my bike slid out from under me as I rounded a corner at very slow speed. The rest of me didn’t fare quite so well though. Thankfully nothing too serious, but the large scale grazing took weeks to heal and my ribs took quite a few months before the pain went.

I also like that it’s the law to wear helmets as it makes it easier for parents to insist their kids wear them. Not all parents will want them to but for me my kids’ heads are precious (as is the rest of them, obviously).

I think you should join the “Nanny” police and write to the Dutch Embassy on how they are risking the lives of their people by not enforcing Mandatory helmet Laws for bicycles. Then say it has worked here with 1% of the population who cycle regularly! and how cyclists are treated like second class citizens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrQ-d2PBUto&feature=feedu

BicycleCanberra 2:09 pm 22 Sep 11

Ben_Dover said :

Having seen the participants, it looked like a fun day out for those who cannot afford a trip to Switzerland for specialist medical treatment.

You can see the post here……….
http://freedomcyclist.blogspot.com/2011/09/canberra-punk-commuters-commuted.html

Watson 1:50 pm 22 Sep 11

milkman said :

I think all pedestrians should be wearing seatbelts.

I think full padded suits would be more effective. Unless they want to pay their own medical costs if they break a bone by tripping over.

milkman 1:29 pm 22 Sep 11

I think all pedestrians should be wearing seatbelts.

billyboy2 1:20 pm 22 Sep 11

“Head injuries can and do happen to cyclists in solo, low-speed accidents”

I, for one, am grateful to my helmet for the protection it gave my head as it thumped onto the bicycle path after my bike slid out from under me as I rounded a corner at very slow speed. The rest of me didn’t fare quite so well though. Thankfully nothing too serious, but the large scale grazing took weeks to heal and my ribs took quite a few months before the pain went.

I also like that it’s the law to wear helmets as it makes it easier for parents to insist their kids wear them. Not all parents will want them to but for me my kids’ heads are precious (as is the rest of them, obviously).

00davist 12:58 pm 22 Sep 11

Kramer said :

Happy for people to not wear helmets provided they also give up their right to medical care due to head trauma suffered from cycling accidents while not wearing a helmet.
If you want darwinism, then we’ll give it to you.

+1

I still love how the anti-helmet mob seem to think we are stupid enough to believe more people are not on bikes because of helmet laws.

I don’t recall a decline in car ownership due to seat belt laws.

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