(Photos: Flickr, Amsterdamize, "Freedom")
"It's difficult to get a man to understand something if his salary depends upon his not understanding"
Bicycle Helmet laws favour:
* Australian Politicians
* Australian Rich
* Australian Car-culture
* Big Oil
Bicycle Helmet laws are:
* largely unenforced
Yet, we could turn this around in an instant by insisting upon the repeal of bicycle helmet laws - simple as that!
But wait there's even more useful stuff we could do! Along with the long-overdue repeal of bicycle helmet laws, we could also introduce "Strict liability" in order to finally shift the onus of responsibility onto the actual road users who inflict the most catastrophic damage of all
...(now read Carlton Reid's post on this issue - including his thoughts on separate cycleways)...
Anyhoo, back to our unfair restrictive head-gear protocols - our draconian laws are forcing cyclists to wear helmets even though 'eminent academics' cannot agree on the 'outdated-blanket claims' that 'helmets save lives'!
In fact all that can be reasonably claimed, 20 years down the track, is that:
- data is confusing & confused,
- 'eminent academics' are confusing & confused
Why then are we denied the right to opt in or out?
"Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary! - just refer back to Mr Sinclair's opening remarks!!!"
REPEAL BICYCLE HELMET LAWS FOR CYCLISTS, AND ENACT STRICT LIABILITY FOR MOTORISTS
Goodbye ibikelondon blog, hello Strategic Cities
11 hours ago