Re: [messengers] The effects of "Enforcing" mandatory helmet laws in Australia

Date: 25 Mar 2010 08:02:30 +0100
From: Michael Dodd <mikeydodds@xxxxxxxxx>

I fell off my bike without a helmet once and now ive got bad grammar.

92 was not long after they introduced the helmet laws so thats why its
relevent to the
"affect" it had on cycling in Australia. (probably the worst thing that ever
happened to cycling in Australia)

Sorry mate i don't have any recent stats.

It would be good to know how many kids ride bikes these days.

Check your local schools (are the bike racks full?)

We used to play in the streets and stuff, its weird but its not something i
really see anymore.

On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 3:25 PM, Jamie Hooton <prettyboy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> Do you have any recent stats to compare it to? 92 was a long time ago.
> What about seat belts for bikes? I think they should be mandatory.
> --- mikeydodds@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> From: Michael Dodd <mikeydodds@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: Messengers@xxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [messengers] The effects of "Enforcing" mandatory helmet laws in
>     Australia
> Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 08:13:21 +1100
> Hey fellas, was having a discussion last night with some people of how
> mandatory helmet laws effected cycling in Aussie land.
> The reality is that cycling numbers didn't drop until they started
> enforcing
> mandatory helmet laws.
> Below are some stats of cycling numbers after they started enforcing these
> helmet laws.
> "
> Victoria: Total bicycle use by children aged 5-18 decreased by 36 per cent
> from May/June 1990 to May/June 1991. There were further decreases to
> May/June 1992, with teenage cycling in Melbourne showing by then a 46 per
> cent decrease from pre-law levels.
> South Australia: The Office of Road Safety, in reporting its evaluation of
> helmet legislation, said "Due to the disparate nature of the results from
> different sources, it is not possible to be conclusive about the effect of
> the requirement to wear bicycle helmets on the number of cyclists." The
> report noted that Harrison's (1994) study of school children showed a 38
> per
> cent decline in cycling from September 1988 to March 1994. This is likely
> to
> under-estimate the decline due to the helmets law because cycling is more
> popular in March than September in southern Australia. A review of this
> report may be found here <>.
>   -
>  Western Australia: A 1992 survey commented that the numbers of children
> cycling to primary schools and numbers of recreational cyclists declined
> from 1991 to February 1992. A 1993 survey presents limited data which show
> some decline in numbers of WA children cycling to school. Its limited
> observations of "commuter" cyclists indicate an increase in numbers after
> the helmet law, but a decline of over 50 per cent for cyclists classed as
> recreational. Data from automatic counter surveys conducted by Main Roads
> showed a decline of 38 per cent from October-December 1991 to
> October-December 1992 in cyclists crossing the Narrows and Causeway bridges
> on Sundays. I obtained from Main Roads similar data for weekdays. These
> also
> showed sharp declines.
> ACT: Automatic counters on bicycle paths registered declines from 1991 to a
> similar period in 1992 of about one third on weekdays and about half at
> weekends.
> In Queensland and the Northern Territory, surveys were done by other
> organisations. The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland conducted surveys,
> mainly of cycling to schools, which showed a decline of 22 per cent from
> 1990 to 1991. Owing to changes in the survey conditions, however, the real
> decline probably exceeded 30 per cent - and it occurred before the law was
> enforced.
> The Road Safety Council of the Northern Territory did surveys which showed
> there was little change just after the law in the numbers of children
> cycling to primary schools, but a decline of 17 per cent by the following
> year. Numbers cycling to secondary schools declined by 36 per cent soon
> after the law and were down 39 per cent within a year."
> heres the link
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