Get rid of law for hel­mets

Rotorua Daily Post - - Nation -

There are only two coun­tries in the world where it is an of­fence to pedal a bi­cy­cle with­out a hel­met: Aotearoa and Aus­tralia.

How­ever, across the ditch it’s not en­forced in all states.

In coun­tries where cy­cling is preva­lent one ob­serves that cy­clists par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports or high-speed cy­cling wear head gear and other pro­tec­tion.

Those who com­mute or ca­su­ally bike for what­ever rea­son, choose for them­selves if they should don head­gear or not. Au­thor­i­ties in those states as a gen­eral rule highly rec­om­mend hel­met use, but stop short of crim­i­nal­is­ing its ab­sence.

As a reg­u­lar rider both here and pre­vi­ously over­seas, I will point out that it is sel­dom a sen­si­ble cy­clist has an ac­ci­dent and then it is mostly body scrapes.

Here in Ro­torua we have the ex­cel­lent idea of share with care whereby cy­clists are al­lowed on foot­paths, giv­ing way to even­tual pedes­tri­ans in the process. How­ever in our fair city as well as the rest of Aotearoa, com­muter cy­clists are a small mi­nor­ity. Why is that?

Many com­muter and ca­sual cy­clists wear head gear, not be­cause of an ac­ci­dent con­cern but re­luc­tance of the has­sle about be­ing stopped, con­fronted and pos­si­bly fined.

Now may we ask, who is keen on that? So one sim­ply takes the car in­stead.

A back­track by Welling­ton law­mak­ers on the of­fence part con­cern­ing omit­ted hel­mets, to one of rec­om­men­da­tion as an even­tual safety pre­cau­tion, by the cy­clist,

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