Cycling in Brisbane Australia
Time: March 17, 2018 from 1pm to 2pm
Location: Cultural Forecourt near the Wheel of Brisbane
Website or Map: http://www.freestylecyclists.…
Event Type: community, protest, ride
Organized By: Freestyle Cyclists
Latest Activity: Mar 2
Cyclists will go helmet free in rides across Australia on Saturday 17 March in support of helmet choice.
Organised by Freestyle Cyclists, the rides aim to highlight the importance of cycling as a healthy and sustainable form of transport but which is being held back in Australia because of helmet legislation.
Everyone agrees that we have healthier people and more liveable cities if we leave the car at home and use a bike instead. But if you do this in Australia, and don’t wear a crash helmet, you will be fined.
In most countries people are free to attend to everyday activities by bike, dressed in everyday clothing. Freestyle Cyclists wants Australia to join the rest of the world, and move beyond helmet fines.
The Brisbane ride will start at the Cultural Forecourt near the Wheel of Brisbane at 1pm and ride over the Goodwill Bridge to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. The ride will then head back to the Cultural Forecourt. The pace will be inclusive of all and in keeping with pedestrian traffic. Supporting rides will take place in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Wellington (NZ) on 17 March.
Internationally bike helmet laws have been almost universally rejected. These laws prevent the uptake of cycling while offering no significant safety benefit. The practice of fining people for this healthy and benign activity makes no sense.
It’s time to say enough. Stop fining healthy transport.