Friday, May 14, 2010

No requirement for helmets in "Unicycle Hockey"

The unicycle is defined in the Road Rules Dictionary as a:

'wheeled recreational device, built to transport a person, propelled by human power or gravity, and ordinarily used for recreation or play'.

The definition continues that a:

'wheeled recreational device
(a) includes rollerblades, rollerskates, a skateboard, scooter, unicycle or similar wheeled device, but
(b) does not include a golf buggy, pram, stroller or trolley, a motor-assisted device (whether or not the motor is operating), or a bicycle, wheelchair or wheeled toy.'

The definition is completely silent on the issue of helmets, as are the various regulations pertaining to 'wheeled recreational devices' within the NSW Road Rules 2008.

Notwithstanding my abhorrence for helmet laws, heaven forbid that the bicycle is ever included in that 'wheeled recreational device' definition - the provisions of regulations 240 - 244 (Road Rules 2008) would catergorically prohibit us from using certain roads!

Whilst Mr Scully would be happy our civil liberties would retreat even further out of our cycling reach!

We need a complete repeal of regulation 256; not an amended variation riddled with even more fragmentation and complexities.


  1. We have a lot of children using unicycles for transport to my son's Circus School. With helmets. WHen they get to a circus school they take off the helmet and use them, as well as tight ropes and trapezes and other things, with bare heads.

    Mr Scully's argument seems very whiny "Moooom the cyclists don't wanna do as I say!" And I like the way that on the road, the cyclist is dangerous because they should get out of the way of cars, and then on pavements the cyclist is dangerous and needs to watch out for pedestrians... Rather pathetic really.

  2. I totally agree with you, workbike!

    Tell me, I'm really curious, are unicycles difficult to ride?

    We were so impressed by the hockey at Carriageworks (Wilson Street, Sydney)!!! Looked like a lot of fun!!