There are so many benefits associated with using good, old-fashioned pedal power and yet many people opt to leave their bike at home simply because of Australia's mandatory helmet laws. The Freestyle Cyclists Club are hosting a Helmet Optional Ride on Saturday 18th March 2017 to open the conversation about helmet-free riding with the wider community and petition the government to relax current helmet laws for cyclists to encourage more people to hop-on-their-bike.
The Freestyle Cyclists Club assert Australian helmet laws are distinctly out of step with the rest of the world, that helmets are unnecessary in many situations and that more people would use their bike rather than their car if helmets weren't mandatory. In fact, the club estimates that the number might be as high as one in five people shunning the humble bike as an alternate form of transportation simply because of the fines imposed for not wearing a helmet.
Support for non-mandatory helmet use on a bike is growing and you can show your support while enjoying a friendly bike ride on Saturday 18th March 2017. Meet with the Freestyle Cyclists Club members and other supports at 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North at 11am. The ride will take approximately an hour ending at the Abbotsford Convent about midday. Participation in this event is free.
Details of the route can be found by following the link here.
People need to get over their aversion to helmets, i ride for fitness myself , and ionce thought helmets where a pain and i wouldn't wear one ,
however after living with a family member with permanent brain damage for twelve years even though the brain damage was not from a bike accident i now see the value of a helmet.
Your brain is a delicate body part and extra precautionary measures like wearing a dorky helmet for extra protection are well worth it .