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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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Canberra ‘Punk Commute’
nescius 11:17 am 20 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

I dislike wearing helmets in any situation. I ride bikes a lot when in other countries, but not here as I really hate the helmet thing. I only wore a helmet riding horses when competing or in an event where a hat was compulsory (useless felt hats with an elastic strap, for show really). I go much faster on skis than i’ll ever go on a bike, and I don’t wear a helmet for that, either. Unless in the very unlikely event that I go in a formal race, for which helmets are mandated.

And notice, I haven’t used insulting language about the people who like helmets, but let’s see what the pro-helmet people say in response to this.

This anti-helmet attitude interests me, what is it that you don’t like about helmets? Is it the helmet, or is it that someone is making you wear one?

I am a helmet wearer, I don’t find them uncomfortable, and I would wear one even if I didn’t have to. I don’t have a particularly strong opinion on mandatory helmet laws, I suppose adults should be capable of making their own decisions.

They are also good for deflecting magpie attacks.

bearlikesbeer 11:17 am 20 Sep 11

Pedestrians don’t wear helmets when they walk along the footpath, or when they cross the street. So why should I wear a helmet when I only cycle on bike paths, and walk my bike over crossings? I ride a bmx at about 20kmph. What am I going to do? Have a fatal head-on with a rollerblader?

Certainly any cyclist who competes with traffic in cycle lanes would be mad not to wear a helmet. I feel riding the cycle paths around the lake shouldn’t require the same level of protection.

Thumper 11:15 am 20 Sep 11

Wow, a cyclist rebellion.

Terrifying.

cubicle01 11:12 am 20 Sep 11

I wore a helmet skiing for the first time this year and I will continue to do so. I wore it for a similar reason to wearing my bike helmet; because being struck by either a stoned snowboarder at 75kph at Perisher or worse a nissan skyline at 140kph on Ginninderra Drive would hurt and best advice is that the type of helmet I wear would diminish the likelyhood of brain injury.

Provided that requirements around helmets are based on the best science I dont really see a problem. Most people dont gripe about seatbelts, how are helmets any different?

00davist 11:05 am 20 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

I dislike wearing helmets in any situation. I ride bikes a lot when in other countries, but not here as I really hate the helmet thing. I only wore a helmet riding horses when competing or in an event where a hat was compulsory (useless felt hats with an elastic strap, for show really). I go much faster on skis than i’ll ever go on a bike, and I don’t wear a helmet for that, either. Unless in the very unlikely event that I go in a formal race, for which helmets are mandated.

And notice, I haven’t used insulting language about the people who like helmets, but let’s see what the pro-helmet people say in response to this.

I understand your argument with the skiing, but i dont think i take that the way you intend, as, I have noticed a habbit skiiers have, of dying from head trauma when colliding with tree’s in particular, although thankfully, the faster than a bike ones are generally managing to avoid tree’s, however, things do go wrong.

I feel alot of people focus on helmuts in respect to injury from colliding with cars, and yes, when a car collides with a cycilist at speed, that little foam block does not stand to much of a chance, however, it will protect your head if a car swipes you at low speeds, particuarly if the swipe, or simply attempting evasie action when confronted with an erratic or irresposible car causes you to hit the curb, as that foam block will provide good protection when your talking about your skull hitting the gutter.

Personally (and yes, i realise this is just my own opinion) i cant understand the fuss, I have never found a helmut to be any sort of inconvenience, the few seconds spend putting it on are negligable, and a well fitted helmut is not really uncomfortable, especcially when it’s barley noticable if existant discomfort levels are wieghed up against it’s potential increases to safety.

I notice you refer to the discomfort you experience, have you been well fitted, or is it just that i have a lucky head shape, and that some people are not able to have as comfortable a fit?

Solidarity 10:51 am 20 Sep 11

I’m going to ride my R1 without a helmet too! I’ll just keep it at speeds below what a road bike can do. Down with helmets!

lore 10:47 am 20 Sep 11

intaba said :

I don’t have a bike so can’t join in, but in solidarity I will drive my car without wearing a seat belt and ignore all the speed limit signs.

+1

johnboy 10:39 am 20 Sep 11

I quite like my helmet just for the sun visor.

EvanJames 10:35 am 20 Sep 11

I dislike wearing helmets in any situation. I ride bikes a lot when in other countries, but not here as I really hate the helmet thing. I only wore a helmet riding horses when competing or in an event where a hat was compulsory (useless felt hats with an elastic strap, for show really). I go much faster on skis than i’ll ever go on a bike, and I don’t wear a helmet for that, either. Unless in the very unlikely event that I go in a formal race, for which helmets are mandated.

And notice, I haven’t used insulting language about the people who like helmets, but let’s see what the pro-helmet people say in response to this.

cubicle01 10:34 am 20 Sep 11

Jim Jones said :

“crippling helmet regulation”

Ah the irony

+1
Though my sister who use to work in the acquired brain injury field probably wouldnt appreciate it.

nice_enough 10:27 am 20 Sep 11

Race car drivers have to wear helmets, so maybe we should legislate that all car passengers should wear them too? Hey it may make you look stupid and ruin your hair, but it will save lives so??

00davist 10:15 am 20 Sep 11

Maybe the helmet laws should go!

Then darwin can knok this lot off the coil, and we can continue on with a few less idiots!

Jim Jones 10:10 am 20 Sep 11

“crippling helmet regulation”

Ah the irony

intaba 9:54 am 20 Sep 11

I don’t have a bike so can’t join in, but in solidarity I will drive my car without wearing a seat belt and ignore all the speed limit signs.

cegee 9:50 am 20 Sep 11
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