Most of us have heard recently about warnings issued by police to local riders for rolling through STOP signs.
The SMH reports that the number of fines handed to cyclists in NSW has surged by more than a third in the first year of increased penalties, which has led to the state government collecting more than $2.2 million in revenue from the top-five offences.
Almost two-thirds of the 9760 infringement notices issued in the 12 months after the new laws were introduced were for failing to wear helmets, the fine for which quadrupled to $319 on March 1 last year.
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From the Sydney Morning Herald…
Tampere, Finland: The largest review yet of bike helmet use by 64,000 injured cyclists worldwide has found helmets reduce the chances of a serious head injury by nearly 70 per cent.
Claims that bike helmets damaged the neck and caused serious brain injury were also found to be wrong in the study by University of NSW statistician Dr Jake Olivier, who presented on Tuesday to the international injury prevention conference Safety 2016 in Finland.
From the Sydney Morning Herald….
The number of infringement notices issued by police has risen dramatically following a recent crack down on cyclists who do not wear approved helmets.
The latest statistics show a 56 per cent rise, to 1545, in the total number of fines issued in the two months after the government increased penalties for cyclists on March 1, compared with the same period a year earlier.
The fine for riding without a helmet more than quadrupled on March 1 to $319.
The amount of fines collected from people riding without helmets totalled $350,262 in March and April, compared with just over $50,000 in the same period in 2015.
The NSW government has announced new rules relating to cycling. These new measures will come into effect in March 2016.
From 1st March 2016….
There is currently a great deal of public discussion about laws relating to the wearing of helmets by cyclists.
In the early 1990s laws mandating that cyclists wear bicycle helmets were introduced in Australia. But as early as 1978 attitudes towards the wearing of helmets were changing.
The article below, published in today’s SMH, is part of that discussion, reflecting on changing attitudes since the late 1970s.