(Photos: Google Maps Image, Sydney cycleways)
You really can't get past the fact that, with anything, what really matters is peoples' experience...
...and so we have it that for the everyday bicycle user over the past 20 years it would be accurate to say it has not been good...
...and it's of little comfort now that bicycle infrastructure is being installed the current political 'Pollyanna-meme' seems to be "let's revisit icky little helmet laws once it's finished and all in place."
No way, José!!!!! - I'll probably be on a gopher by then...if I'm lucky!!!
Let's face it, we're not going to be 'connected and protected' anytime soon but our politicians could easily rid us of our meddlesome helmet laws today (ok tomorrow) - and they'll certainly need to once Clover brings bike share to Sydney - it would just be too too terrible if it turned out to be the dismal flop Melbourne Bike Share has been.
But back to the issue at hand:
REPEAL MANDATORY HELMET LAWS
in order to:
$$$ free up the courts,
$$$ free up the police,
$$$ free up cyclists
$$$ free up traffic
...can't be that hard!