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    Default Should bicycle helmets be optional?

    What is your view? I'm reading an article in today's Herald Sun about helmets and apparently we are one of only three countries with the mandatory helmet law (there's us, New Zealand and UAE). When it became law, there was a 25% drop in bicycle use here in Australia.

    Personally, I think it should become optional. Choose not to wear one at your own risk.

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    I believe it should be mandatory for under 18's and then optional. If people choose to take the silly risk, more fool them.

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    I believe it should be mandatory. I'm shocked so many people stopped using bikes bc they had to wear a helmet

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    Default Should bicycle helmets be optional?

    I know heaps of adults who do short bike rides and never wear helmets. Doesn't bother me. I don't ride so it wouldn't impact on me either way but I do think Australian laws are very nanny state. You are more likely to be injured walking than riding a bike. Should wearing a helmet be mandatory for walking?

    ETA I'm definitely in favour of mandatory for under 18.
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    Definitely mandatory for under 18.

    I think it should mandatory in certain areas but optional in others - I am thinking dependant on speed limits or something.

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    I agree with mandatory for under 18s

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    See, I liken it to being in a car. The law says you have to wear a seat belt, so why not a helmet?

    Not that it phases me either way really, I rarely ride and would always choose to wear a helmet. But there are many laws put in place to keep us safe, this is just another one.

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    Default Should bicycle helmets be optional?

    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    Definitely mandatory for under 18.

    I think it should mandatory in certain areas but optional in others - I am thinking dependant on speed limits or something.
    I like this idea. Whilst cyclists are putting themselves at risk I certainly don't want to accidentally hit one on the motorway and end up with a fatality. But on quiet suburban streets or bike paths I don't see why we need to be so heavy handed.

    I agree we are a nanny state and it's all to easy/lazy just to make something illegal instead of education or tackling an issue.

    I do believe it is a big deterrent having helmets mandatory. I have two bikes that were given to us years sitting in our garage but no helmets. I would love to on a whim go for a ride along the bike path. Or hire one on a holiday. Helmets are also bulky and a pita to carry around. And as I would only ride on a blue moon I CBF buying one to have it sitting in the garage getting dusty and spiders in it lol
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    It's a funny one. Having recently returned from Europe and it's noticeable how many people ride in comparison to here. Their streets seem narrower and traffic volumes on inner city areas seem similar (correct me if I'm wrong), but they don't wear helmets.

    I'd love to see statistics on how many associated head injuries and fatalities certain cities do have in comparison to ours.

    I think it more of a car/driving/hoon culture that wrecks it for us and hence we do require them. My perception is that overseas no one would be bothered to get 'in the way' of a bike rider purposely, where as here, some I.di0t would always think that it would be cool to drive a bit too close or just generally distract bike users that share the road.

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    Mandatory for sure.

    I have see horrific head injuries in patients who weren't wearing helmets. Injuries that if they are survivable result in many months of inpatient treatment and most will have long term issues.

    I have also seen helmets post accidents (ambos bring them in) and they can be totally shattered and you are left with a patient with no head injury!

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