Update : It made the local ABC. Cyclists fined during anti-helmet protest. Heroes the lot of them.
Serial film (or is that trouble 🙂 ) maker Mike Rubbo has organised a small protest in Melbourne for this Saturday. His stated aim is to try to help the new Melbourne bike share scheme succeed. His argument is that Australia’s silly compulsory helmet laws are going to get in the way of the scheme’s success. Mexico City repealed their helmet laws and Tel Aviv is about to do the same, so so should Melbourne. He and a few fellow riders are going to be brave and ride those hire bikes without wearing helmets, and by doing so, stand up to the draconian laws and the Victorian Police thereby risking non-trivial fines. (A$165 or so I think)
If you’re in Melbourne this Saturday the 24th of July, even if you’re in V-line distance, get along to Carlton and join in.
I really want the Melbourne and Brisbane bikeshare schemes to succeed, and to grow and expand, to return a bit of civility to those car-choked cities. And I want them to drop the mandatory bike helmet laws in Australia and in New Zealand. I’m not one for believing bikeshare schemes need to be funded by advertising, and I’m a bit suspicious of the RACV’s involvement in the Melbourne one. I think a good scheme with good sturdy bikes can be self funded by the cyclists themselves. Especially when dumb laws aren’t put in the way of their success.
Wellington badly needs a bikeshare scheme as well. The train still stops short of wherever you need to go in Wellington.
To Mike and all his friends – I hope the weather is good and I hope you get more media than police attention.