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* Freestyle Cyclists | Helmet Optional Ride *
Cyclists will go helmet free in rides across Australia on Saturday 16 March 2019 in support of helmet choice. Organised by Freestyle Cyclists, the rides aim to highlight the importance of cycling as a healthy and sustainable form of transport but which is being held back in Australia because of helmet legislation. Everyone agrees that we have healthier people and more liveable cities if we leave the car at home and use a bike instead. But if you do this in Australia, and don't wear a crash helmet, you will be fined. In most countries people are free to attend to everyday activities by bike, dressed in everyday clothing. Freestyle Cyclists wants Australia to join the rest of the world, and move beyond helmet fines. The Melbourne ride will start outside Park Street Dining, on the Capital City Trail, 815 Nicholson Street Carlton North at 11am (and end at Abbotsford Convent at about 12 noon). Supporting rides will take place in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, and Adelaide. Internationally bike helmet laws have been almost universally rejected. These laws prevent the uptake of cycling while offering no significant safety benefit at a population level. The practice of fining people for this healthy and benign activity makes no sense. Since last year's ride, Bicycle Network, Australia's peak cycling body, has also joined us in calling for helmet law reform. It's time to say enough. Stop fining healthy transport. Free event
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