National cyclist lobby-group, the Bike Network, has signalled its intentions to push for the relaxation of laws requiring cyclists to wear helmets.

A five-year trial has been proposed by the group that would allow cyclists to decide whether they wish to wear protective headgear when riding on footpaths or off-road trails.

Further, the group has called for bike-riders to be allowed to ride on the footpath in NSW- as they are in multiple other states.

Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards said bike riding was languishing and changes should be made to make bike-travel more accessible.

“The number of people who ride a bike isn’t increasing and there has been no decrease in the number of bike rider fatalities. It’s clear that our bike policies aren’t working,” Mr Richards said.

Many have been critical of the proposal, with past studies indicating that helmets reduce risk of serious head injuries by almost 70%. (The Guardian)

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