zues wrote:IMHO I would suggest there has been a decline in people riding to work after 1991 due to the negative publicity surrounding the mandatory helmet laws. Its telling people that cycling in general is unsafe so you should be wearing a helmet. Once the parents of Australia are alerted to this thought they stop the kids riding to school and spouses stop each other riding to work. It also gives the perception that riding to work is not a safe and viable option in Australia.
In my household I ride after work and on the weekends mainly on low traffic -rural roads. Rarely ride to work because I havent got a PSP route and wife doesnt want me to . Most people who ride to my workplace ride a PSP.
This is a self-fulfilling attitude. Roads are made safer when more people ride bikes on the roads.
zues wrote:My daughter rides for fitness and pleasure as well. Only rides locally or along the river PSP without a bike helmet - She reckons its not cool would mess the hair. Wouldnt ride to work as riding facilities are not safe or adequate on route to work. Reckons helmet laws wouldnt stop her riding around anyway.
She has spent time in Europe and reckons that bicycle riding is seen as a legitimate form of transport while in Australia its percieved only as a leisure activity.
Does she see the irony in this ??