... bicycle helmet laws are bad for my health - & yours too!
I was in Sydney on Friday & Saturday - had I known you were there I would have tried to catch up! Damn!I noticed a few things whilst there:- Lots of casual cyclists on all sorts of bikes (uprights, fixies, etc) in the city.- On Saturday morning, lots of racer-types on the bigger roads.- Many of them not wearing helmets (certainly a greater proportion than here in Brisbane).- Traffic was horrid. Why one earth would anyone drive in the CBD? With all the traffic lights I witnessed the bicycles averaging the same speed as the cars!- My brother was almost killed by a speeding, red-light running taxi in the middle of the cityThe reason for the trip was that my folks and some of their friends wanted to try out a range of Gazelle bikes (which are hard to find up here). After three hours of fabulous test riding they walked away with a bike each... AND an understanding of why MHL must go. They're all medical professionals (although retired now!).Cheers,Dr Paul MartinBrisbane, Australia
Paul, 'damn' indeed! - would have been brilliant to catch up!!! - next time definitely - make sure you contact me!!! - I'm in Sydney a lot!!!!...and I'm really glad you got to see Sydney cycling - as you observed, we're an inclusive lot and mostly non-compliant!!
c) Sept 2010 Letter to NSW Minister for Roads
d) Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry into Vulnerable Road Users 2010