... bicycle helmet laws are bad for my health - & yours too!
This is a women;s health issue! Female cycling in Australia declined after helmet mandation, particularly in teenage girls. Females only represent 19% of cyclists in this country suggesting that the macho/warrior/speed/danger image of cycling promoted by the present regime impacted more dramatically on women.In Darwin where the option of traveling on a bicycle track without a helmet is legal 33% of cyclists are women (the highest rate in Australia).In many European countries the female cycling rate is above 50%.The decline in female cycling was most dramatic amongst teenage girlsfollowing helmet mandation.The consequent decline in health and fitness and increase in obesity should be cause for concern !It is heartening to see women taking a leadership role in the fight against this obnoxious law that has oppressed us for twenty years.
go us! hey Kathy!!
c) Sept 2010 Letter to NSW Minister for Roads
d) Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry into Vulnerable Road Users 2010