In NSW you are required by law to wear a helmet while riding a bike. The helmet must be securely fitted and fastened at all times.
The NSW Road Rules 2014 state that any cyclist riding on roads and road-related areas must wear an approved helmet. This law applies to all cyclists, regardless of age and experience. It also extends to children on bikes with training wheels, and any child being carried as a passenger on a bike. (NSW Transport)
Australia’s biggest bike riding organisation is reviewing its stance on the issue. The Bicycle Network has supported the mandatory helmet policy for nearly three decades, but it has just launched a national survey about whether helmets should remain compulsory for all cyclists.
The organisation is concerned that strict helmet laws are behind a drop in the number of cyclists across Australia.
The results of the survey will either reinforce the organisation’s support for mandatory helmet laws, or get it to rethink its position on the issue, which may lead to lobbying to change the law. (The Guardian)
Australia has some of the strictest helmet laws in the world, and perhaps for good reason. A study by the University of NSW showed that helmets reduce fatal head injuries by 65 per cent. (ABC News)
Do you think the laws should be changed? Or should helmets remain mandatory for cyclists?