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Helmetless Riders

Curious about helmet laws? Sick of fools yelling "Where's your helmet!?"? Can't understand why a safe mode of transport like cycling has been singled out for mandatory helmet wearing? Want to ride with the breeze in your hair? This is your group.

Location: Brisbane
Members: 65
Latest Activity: Oct 18

Links you should read before you start with the "A helmet saved my life!" stories:

HelmetFreedom.org - help repeal the all-age mandatory helmet law in Australia

 

Freedom Cyclist v Helmet Laws

Helmetless Riders' Group on Sydney Cyclist - lots of great educated discussion and debate has been going on in Sydney.

Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Laws in Western Australia
- local data on the issue of mandatory helmet legislation.
Cycle Helmets - An International Resource
- critical analysis of worldwide data.
Professor John Adams - Publications & Conferences

No clear evidence from countries that enforced the wearing of bicycle helmets

Discussion Forum

Lets not lose our heads - BN MHL review & survey

Started by IC Sep 9. 0 Replies

I was plesantly surpised to read about BN doing a police review on MHL & a suvey.Their CEO actually seems sensible on the topic for a change!Even the Daily Terror wrote reasonably on a cycling…Continue

Any helmet harassment lately or has it gone quiet?

Started by IC. Last reply by Raymond Aug 11. 1 Reply

There doesn't seem to be much posted lately in helmetless. Is less happening or is everyone too busy elsewhere like me and no-one has enough time to write about it as much?I've found that police are…Continue

Brushes with the Law - 2016

Started by Taezar. Last reply by IC Dec 21, 2016. 26 Replies

So, just like last year....Date: 31st JanuaryTime: 8.20amLocation: Brisbane Botanical Gardens (CITY) curved rampTreatment: paved footpathBike: Basket BikeOfficers: VeloPolice Attitude: Cool and…Continue

Brushes with the Law - 2015

Started by Taezar. Last reply by Taezar Jan 1, 2016. 48 Replies

I have decided to keep a track of all my brushes with the law this year to see if there is a pattern or whether it decreases over the duration.I know, anecdotally from last year that it seemed to…Continue

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Comment by IC on October 18, 2017 at 7:27am

"The researchers estimated there were 800,000 cases of people 35 years and older being admitted to hospital with coronary artery disease.

There also were 170,000 cases of heart failure, and 330,000 admissions for atrial fibrillation — or arrhythmia as it is commonly called."

So many people with heart disease that could be reduced by getting enough exercise like cycling. Yet the doctors and road groups carry on about a few cycling head injuries needing MHL?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-18/heart-diseases-killing-region...

Comment by Big Steve on October 16, 2017 at 11:31am

I don't know how you can say that.. the MM injury was only recently.. MHL was 92.

Comment by Raymond on October 15, 2017 at 3:03am

When some people go to war torn countries, they wear bright blue kevlar vests (but not the troops as they don't want the extra burden much of the time). Similarly, if one goes to America, kevlar vests in case there's a daily mass shooting could be a good idea. Mandatory Kevlar vests for all for America, and mandatory helmets for all for Australia. It can be the law!

Comment by Raymond on October 15, 2017 at 2:57am

It's so easy to do. When performing any electrical work, electricians turn off the mains and have other procedures for safety. Similarly, ladder use should come with a minimum precaution of just grabbing the bicycle helmet and strapping it on.

Comment by MattG on October 14, 2017 at 8:45pm

Molly Meldrum is the reason we all wear helmets. He should have been wearing one when he climbed that stepladder a few years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg4FoU5_x_k&feature=youtu.be

Comment by Raymond on August 22, 2017 at 6:06pm

What a grub.

Comment by David on August 22, 2017 at 9:12am

Felt like reporting him

I would. https://www.police.qld.gov.au/aboutUs/the_service/charter/form.htm

https://www.police.qld.gov.au/online/ComplimentsandComplaints.htm

The Queensland Police will:

• treat you fairly
• deliver our services professionally, ethically and with integrity
• recognise and respect your individual rights and needs

Comment by Terry Burn on August 22, 2017 at 8:04am

More good PR from Queensland police this morning.

Rode down to the shops for bread and milk, on the way home, crossing Beams Rd near Carseldine shops, half way across waiting for next ped cycle to go green. Motorcycle cop pulls up in the middle of 3 lanes eastbound  and yells out aggressively,

"get off that bike, get off that bike, you don't have a helmet" . Well derr, "I have a medical exemption" I replied.

"A medical exemption eh, do you have it on you?"

Yes, do you want to see it" I said trying to look unimpressed at his manner.

"Do you want to see it" I repeated. "Nah I'm going this way, don't be a smartarse".

Rude, arrogant, assumption of guilt, abuse of position and power. When offered evidence, too lazy to come and check my paperwork proving I am compliant with the law. 

Felt like reporting him. 

Comment by IC on October 11, 2016 at 8:15am

The first time I got pulled up during the bikie crackdown several years ago they did so in the middle of a busy roundabout with a 3rd lane coming into it so I went further down the road to where it was safer. They accepted my stopping location only after I pointed the safety issue out but they were still arogant. After that I decided I'll stop right in the middle of an intersection if they do that again. Sure enough a year later I got pulled up at a big intersection with turn lanes so I stopped quickly on one of the trafffic islands and left him blocking the lane and other people's visibility. he didn't seem to even think about the safety hazard he was causing. All he cared about was harassing "the cyclist". He had the typical anti-cyclist attitude that people on bikes shouldn't be allowed on the road because they get in the way of cars. One of these days I'll have to put together my video footage and show police how ignorant and pathetic some of them behave. But I doubt they care about anything except their power over people and promotion.

Comment by Aaron Ball on October 11, 2016 at 7:43am
I agree. It's clearly not about safety. I was on a 2 lane road indicating to change lanes to turn right into a side street. They drove Along side me, stopping me from crossing, and asked to see my letter. I suggested we turn right and stop in the side street,where it was safe for me and he could park legally. His response was you'll pull over right now where I tell you (I went on to the footpath, he blocked the lane on yellow lines). When he pulled out his iPad to snap a pic of my letter, I asked him not to photograph it. His response was he'll do what he wants and I can't tell him what he can and can't do. That's when I pulled out my iPad and started recording.
 

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