Comedian wrote:I've used this example before... my late 20's neice lives 6k from the CBD. She has bikepath from one door to the other. She'll tell you straight out she won't do it because having to redo her hair at work aint going to happen. It's my belief that there are lots of people like this. That's why I'd like this law repealed. It would make is safer for all riders.
Tell her to save time by not doing her hair in the morning (therefore she doesn't have to redo it), save a lot of time by cycling to work as opposed to by car/public transport, and do her hair at work
and look at this
http://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/media/ ... 20Help.pdf
DavidS wrote:Philipthelam, why do you think cycling is dangerous? Actually, I should rephrase that, why do you think cycling is so dangerous that we have to be mandated to wear helmets?
It's not that I think cycling is dangerous, it's more that is appears dangerous to others due to all these things happening. If MHL are gone these views will still be in place unless some motorists behaviors change.
And I don't think that we have to be mandated to wear helmets. I'm going to say again that I don't support MHL. I don't think that MHL have any benefit at all. I just think that the effects of it are over exaggerated.
DavidS wrote:To counterbalance your opinion on MHLs, I did not ride a bike until a few years ago. One of the main reasons was the MHLs. I eventually gave up and bought a helmet and stated riding again. For me it was a big turn off, turned me off riding for at least a decade. As someone else pointed out, it is no coincidence that our bike share schemes are failing while internationally bike share schemes are booming. In worse weather, on more congested roads, bike share is booming on London, but not in flat Melbourne with it's temperate climate and wide roads. The only explanation is the helmet laws.
I know what you mean, but that's because you are in the older generation (no offence) that was riding without helmets. The change may have been very different and discouraging for you but now more and more people would start riding having always worn a helmet as a kid. The way MHL affected you won't be affecting others in the same way in the future. Yes MHL does affect bike share schemes, because it would be very annoying always carrying around a helmet for when you might want to ride, and then unlike having your own bike where you can put the helmet on after riding to your destination, you would have to carry it around.