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Mon 4 Feb 13 #1 
kevg
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I always knew Aussies were mad now I have evidence. Some actor has been fined for riding a push bike without a helmet !!! Fined plus a victims of crime levy !!
What victims of crime ??
A motorcycle helmet is tested at 30mph what do they think a piece of plastic on your head is going to stop ??


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Mon 4 Feb 13 #2 
Honey Badger
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They are required in many states here.


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Mon 4 Feb 13 #3 
kevg
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for a push bike ?? you are as bad as them !!


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Mon 4 Feb 13 #4 
sally906
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Push bike riders have to wear a helmet if they are in the main stream traffic - if they are on a designated bike path then they don't need to.

Personally I think any bike rider in the main stream traffic should be run down on site, they are a menace. They think they have the right to ride on the road but not need to obey traffic laws because they are bikes. A bike rider is usually the source of a good road range tantrum - I see red when I spot one!!!!


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Mon 4 Feb 13 #5 
USS Palladin
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I will have to come down on the side of the helmet, I think the statistics speak for themselves. I guess it is pretty easy to get concussed even from the slightest head trauma.

While I don't think I want to run them down, I hear ya Sally about bike riders. They are supposed to obey the rules of the road but seldom do so. They consistently run the stop sign near my house. GRRRRRR...


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Mon 4 Feb 13 #6 
JMK
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Helmets are compulsory here too. When my daughter was 11 she came off her bike riding down hill. Landed on her head and hand. Broke the arm badly, huge damage to the helmet but no damage to her head or brain. I am definitely an advocate of bike helmets.


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Mon 4 Feb 13 #7 
Doctor Factenstein
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Even if you're in favour of helmets (and I always wear one in traffic), imposing a "victims of crime levy"? That's ludicrous.

As usual with all things which sounds too good or too stupid to be true, I checked it out. Here's the story. Robert Pattinson was let off with a warning so the fine wasn't actually imposed but if it had been it would have included a victims of crime levy.

So, yeah...ridiculous.

Having said that, RPat was cycling along wearing a baseball cap backwards. For the fashion choice alone I tend to think they should've locked him up.


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #8 
Honey Badger
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If you are riding a donor-cycle wear a helmet so your brain can keep your organs alive for transplant. Of course, I wear a helment on my bycycle. You can get seriously injured without it, you numbskull, Kevin. They are compulsoty for kids but not for adults. I feel safer with it on.


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #9 
Ajax
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I think the adults are supposed to wear them to set a good example. There are people I could name, not looking directly at you Honey Badger, that should wear helmets just pootling around their own homes.


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #10 
Doctor Factenstein
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Incidentally, the statistics do indeed speak for themselves. You want to hear what they say? They say that there's no evidence that cycle helmet reduce the number of fatalities for cyclists.

(Source: Data gathered by the Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation from various research)

I'm seriously reconsidering bothering wearing a helmet...


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #11 
Ajax
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Of course I'd rather be dead than have a bad head injury and survive.


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #12 
kevg
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Can be arranged


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #13 
Ajax
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I'm counting on it.


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Thu 7 Feb 13 #14 
Honey Badger
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Kids MUST wear them but adults are not requiered.  There are too many nuts driving so I would rather wear one, although it does annoy me.  I have not yet reached the point of needing to wear one inside the house, Ajax.  lol  There is really no choice here, Stu.  The traffic and drivers are dreadful.




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