my refusal to wear a bicycle helmet

my refusal to wear a bicycle helmet informed

Sunday, August 31, 2014

But can your army do this?

Image: Trompetterkorps Bereden Wapens 2004, YouTube)

Who'd have 'thunk' it???

A whole brigade of 'helmeted' Dutch cyclists!

Love it ♥♥♥

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Oz Governments you are so losing the helmet battle

(Image: Bondi Beach Cruisers, YouTube)

Hell yeah ... THIS IS AUSTRALIA!!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

OH MY ... 1970 Oz Pushbike Song & nobody wearing helmets

(Image: The Mixtures, YouTube)


... back in the day when when we didn't have helmet law.

The Mixtures
Sit-up bikes
Long hair ...

...and 'South Avenue' wherever that is in that southern bayside city.

That was Australia ... sigh

Thursday, August 28, 2014

If you could do anything what would you do?

(Image: Scott Stoll, 2010, YouTube "Falling Uphill")

Right just now I feel a little like the proverbial filling in the sandwich of life ...

... the joys of being 'une dame d'un certain âge' I suppose.

So things have been a little quiet on the blogging front ... and when I think about it, on the 'Adelaide' mail front too re bicycle-helmet-matters!

Hmmm, so far with Adelaide issue:

* no court attendance notices, or,
* any other South Australian correspondence

... have appeared in my mailbox meaning I'm still waiting to hear whether Adelaide is going to prosecute me for that wicked Australian crime of riding a bicycle without a helmet!

Anyhoo, notwithstanding any of above, I came across this inspiring YouTube bicycle film today, made by Scott Stoll a few years back, so very beautifully done in a quick visual montage synopsis ...

Bonne observation!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wending your way in Wanaka

(Wanaka, New Zealand, August 2014)

Our kiwi cousins across the Tasman also have the Cul-de-sac of transport strategy (bicycle helmet law) ...

... and whilst some safety-nanny-dedicated types enjoy wallowing in the goodness of mandatory requirements, many New Zealanders, just like many Australians, get it that bicycle helmet regulations are nothing more than a tacky imitation of good safety practice ...

... and so just like many of us, many kiwis eschew helmets for 'nothing' (or sometimes 'something-a-little-more-comfortable' like the beanie here).

Seriously to all you antipodean pollies, both sides of the Tasman:

"Con te partir├▓ ... time to say goodbye ...

... to helmet law once and for all."


(Thank you, YouTube, for the gorgeous Andrea Bocelli)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Anywhere but Australia - Versailles

So here are the last of my HelmetLawFreeLand pictures from earlier this month as I now settle back into this HelmetLawLand of police letters, and notification of cancellation of expiation notices, and court matters coming to a court in Adelaide soon should the prosectution decided to prosecute me ... sigh

Arguably helmet promotion in Australia is nothing more than blatantly advertised product placement, placed for vested groups and individuals with undisclosed vested interests in our transport industry ...

... and we the Australian people have been taken for a bunch of bunnies ...

... we are a bunch of bunnies!

Notwithstanding the incessant non-evidence based claims that helmet law has single-handedly saved dozens of Australian lives by upto 80% (Oh My!), helmet law in Australia has actually not prevented bicycle accidents, or head injuries or deaths - no it has only prevented logic and common sense.

For the last two decades, the potential for bias in favour of helmet laws has manifested itself perennially by way of countless studies and conference papers and other academic rent-seeking manoeuvres. Right from the start there was an 'official outcome' that had to be proved and then maintained ... and proved and maintained it was ... nothing was going to get in the way of those vested interests and their stooges.

Inter alia it's also worth remembering that hundreds and thousands of tax payers dollars have been spent on Australia's quest to prove the desired politico/commercial outcome (that helmet law provides bicycle safety), and along the way any adverse findings or data that simply refused to prove the required politico/commercial safety hypothesis were simply disregarded. In fact demonising the ever-growing body of dissenting evidence that helmet laws save lives has been an industry in itself.

BUT the wrappers are gradually peeling off, and Australia's passion for oil and 'New Imperial Clothes' is on display for all the world to see - or more correctly for the rest of Australia to see because let's face it, the world has always known we were bonkers about this helmet-shit.

Oh fuckety fuck, here I am back in Oz ... home again home again jiggedy jig ...sigh

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Anywhere else but Australia - Paris

Ahhh Paris, so far removed from this madness where daft Australian politicians ignore the advice of the their department and charge ahead anyway like bulls in china shops with nary a care in the world that they don't know what they're doing ...

I'm sorry, a bicycle licencing system for cyclists, for children, for lower-income families ... sigh

Only in Australia, and only with political parties brimming with entitlement, oil, bitumen, automobiles ...

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, when it comes to bicycles, we are so dumb Down Under.