So after months and months of waiting, I finally got a reply from the Minister for Roads. (Well! a reply of sorts - my local member actually received it! - perhaps the venerable Minister Borger does not communicate directly with lesser mortals such as me, a NSW voter - fair enough; I have the memory of an elephant and can't wait for next March!)
Anyway, in answer to my question as to whether I could have an exemption from donning a bicycle helmet when riding a bicycle, his answer was & is a categorical NO - why am I not surprised?
But his letter is a 'toothless tiger' and has very little in the way of anything meaningful to say. None of the issues raised in my application were addressed, and in fact were adroitly side-stepped. Moreover, one of his many lame statements...
"...a recent study by the University of New South Wales in 2009, investigated the effectiveness of al bicycle helmet ro reduce angular head acceleration and subsequent brain injury crashes"
...highlights the government's resolute determination to remain ignorant and uninformed!
- yes! so what if a study has been done? - what did the study find? - why did he not specify what the study's findings were? - & how are the study's findings (if any) analogous to my application for exemption?
What to say? - except 'thank whoever-we-all-thank' for Professor Chris Rissel and his timely revelations on the subject - because of him our mainstream media have finally come on board & not a moment too soon!
...et pour moi, maitenant, I'm drafting submissions for the NSW Ombudsman - pronto!!