Updated August 08, 2017 11:58:12
Queensland’s helmet laws should be relaxed to make protective headwear optional for “low-risk cycling”, Brisbane’s deputy mayor says.
Adrian Schrinner took to Twitter this morning to raise his concerns, questioning why it was mandatory for all cyclists to wear helmets.
He said people undertaking “low-risk cycling”, such as using Brisbane’s CityCycle bikes, should not be made to wear them.
“Seat belts save lives, but they aren’t mandatory for passengers on council buses? Why are helmets mandatory for low risk types of cycling?” he said.
Cr Schrinner said the state’s laws should be reviewed urgently:
Cr Schrinner raised the same issue at the end of June, engaging in a war of words with Transport Minister Mark Bailey on Twitter.
Today’s response to the question “Should bike helmet laws be relaxed in Queensland?” on ABC Brisbane’s Facebook page was varying:
Others wanted to see helmets optional for those over a certain age:
Cyclists caught not wearing a helmet can be fined $126 under Queensland law.
Last year, a University of New South Wales study showed helmets reduced fatal head injuries by about 65 per cent.
Topics:community-and-society, exercise-and-fitness, health, local-government, government-and-politics, brisbane-4000, qld
First posted August 08, 2017 11:29:40
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