Saturday, October 29, 2016

MEDIA ALERT: 3rd Adelaide Helmet Optional Protest Ride

Helmets, a matter of choice … yours!

What: 3rd Helmet Optional Protest Ride, on Adelaide’s fabulous separate bike paths along the Torrens River

Where: meeting at Elder Park just behind the Adelaide Convention Centre nr Torrens River, and then cycling to Henley Beach (15km journey, approx 1 hour ride)

When: Sunday 30th October 2016, starting at 2:00pm

Why: Australia needs better cycling infrastructure nationwide coupled with the repeal of mandatory helmet laws.

A free event and everyone is welcome to join in. The pace is leisurely but the message is ardent:

“Australia’s mandatory bicycle helmet law is holding us back - REPEAL IT!”

A helmet exemption has been arranged with the police for all participants on this ride (could it be that wearing a helmet is not that serious an issue after all … who knew!) and as with the other two helmet optional rides, there is a likelihood that there will be a mounted-bike police escort for the cycle trip.

After the ride, it will be possible to catch a train from Grange station back to the city. In previous years it has also been possible to ride back to the city with the police officers along linear park. Anyone riding by themself after the ride concludes will no longer be exempt from wearing a helmet, so you will need to bring one with you if you plan to make your own way home.

There will be some volunteer speakers at the start to talk on the issue of helmet laws and other recent developments.

This will be a relaxed ride at a gentle pace, on off-road bike paths and shared pathways the whole way. The route has been chosen to be extremely safe, however all participants take part at their own risk, and will be expected to follow any instructions from the police on the day.

Media Contact - for more information, images or interviews please contact:

Sundance Bilson-Thompson, Helmet Optional Rider organiser, 0412 254 511

Kathy Francis, Secretary, Freestyle Cyclists, 0481 372 956

Nik Dow, Treasurer, Freestyle Cyclists, 0412 703 483, or

Media Images: contact Sundance Bilson-Thompson or Nik Dow

Further Info: Visit the Freestyle Cyclists’ facebook page  

Media Alert sent by: Freedom Cyclist

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