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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!


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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.

00davist 12:56 pm 22 Sep 11

BicycleCanberra said :

Henry82 said :

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Well hypothetically it could be the difference between some dead on the bonnet of your car, or just injured.

A Bicycle Helmet is unlikely to protect you in a collision with a car, at speeds over 50km/h. Unless your car has bonnet air bags!

http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news–general-news/the-car-bonnet-airbag-that-will-save-bikers-lives/4526.html
http://bicyclecanberra.blogspot.com/2011/06/driver-found-guilty.html

Plenty of collisions happen under 50kmph impact speed, are you suggesting you would like some head trauma with these too?

Further, if a helmet is unlikely to protect my head at >50 but no helmet will do jack to protect any thing, I know what I’d bet on.

Its your life, do you want a small chance of making it, or just none!

Ben_Dover 12:53 pm 22 Sep 11

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

bearlikesbeer 12:51 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.

Then why not apply the same rule to any dangerous activity? Think of all those people who’ve cracked their heads on the pavement after being attacked by some random drunk during a night on the town. Everyone knows the risk is there. Should clubbers who don’t bother to wear helmets forfeit their right to medical care if they get thumped?

Perhaps a rule based on a cyclists level of medical insurance would be more appropriate. Those who have full cover can go without a helmet.

BicycleCanberra 12:45 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.

Gee, we wouldn’t want to make riding a bike appear dangerous now would we.

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/regular-cyclists-could-live-14-months-longer-than-car-drivers-28162

carnardly 12:32 pm 22 Sep 11

but couldn’t be the same said for smokers, fat people, drinkers who get liver problems or just general unhealthy people who cost the health system billiions?

Watson 12:19 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.

Yes mum.

Kramer 12:12 pm 22 Sep 11

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.

Henry82 11:57 am 22 Sep 11

BicycleCanberra said :

A Bicycle Helmet is unlikely to protect you in a collision with a car, at speeds over 50km/h. Unless your car has bonnet air bags!

who said anything about travelling at 50km/hr? If you hit a car the wrong way at 5km/hr you can still die.

BicycleCanberra 11:47 am 22 Sep 11

Henry82 said :

[
Well hypothetically it could be the difference between some dead on the bonnet of your car, or just injured.

A Bicycle Helmet is unlikely to protect you in a collision with a car, at speeds over 50km/h. Unless your car has bonnet air bags!

http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news–general-news/the-car-bonnet-airbag-that-will-save-bikers-lives/4526.html
http://bicyclecanberra.blogspot.com/2011/06/driver-found-guilty.html

Henry82 11:27 am 22 Sep 11

Watson said :

If you allow cyclists to choose whethere they wear a helmet or not, how is that really going to affect you?

Well hypothetically it could be the difference between some dead on the bonnet of your car, or just injured.

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