Equipped with the knowldege that obesity is more likely to kill us than smoking, it is time to address the issue of our inconsistent and outdated mandatory helmet laws. If Europe, Asia, the Middle East, some US states and some Canadian provinces can modernise their approach to transport, traffic decongestion and the environment within the framework of their laws and cities, then surely Australia can do the same.
Repealing laws will probably require that the states and territories work together and presumably with federal government input especially considering that the Federal government was instrumental in their enactment all those years ago. The process would not be easy, but it could be achieved with committed political cooperation and determination - we only have to look at what Copenhagen achieved 30 years ago to realise that we can achieve this too!
Yet in a brief statement to ABC News Online, Brisbane City Council, on the verge on implementing their wonderful bike-share programme, said there was 'no chance of loosening the state's tough helmet laws.'
Groan!!!! why are so many of our muncipal organisations staffed by so many ill-informed helmet proponents consistently averse to a little spot of evidence? You hardly have to enter any type of 'bicycle search term' into "Google" to be inundated with facts on the perils of helmet promotion and mandatory helmet laws - and sadly Australia wins the oscar-winning-cyber-performance for the doomed bicycle protagonist every single time!!
The Queensland government's stubborn stand & their bullish rejection of current facts does not bode well for their exciting bike-share programme...
...don't our governments realise, we have no time to waste, only tubbiness!