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helmet-free protest ride hits wall of condemnation from public health experts
Although most Australians think our mandatory helmet laws are safe and sensible, they are actually a bit odd and even embarrassing, he said.
Australia is one of only three countries, and New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates are the other two.
This month, the helmet law was abolished in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
\"We have this strange Australian exceptionalism, I think because we are far away from other places,\" Mr Todd said . \".
\"When we are actually on the wrong track, we sometimes think that what we do is right.
\"Mr. Todd is the president of the freestyle cyclist, a small counter.
A \"helmet law group --
Cycling across northern Melbourne is optional next Saturday.
About 50 passengers are expected to participate in the protest, 45-
From Nicholson Street in North Carlton to abertsford Abbey, it takes only a few minutes to get to the back street and the bike lane.
\"We didn\'t tell people that they shouldn\'t wear helmets, and we said they should have a choice,\" Mr. Todd said . \".
Opponents of Australia\'s mandatory helmet law point out that there is evidence that per capita cycling rates have declined since the introduction of bicycles in early 1990, which they see as a poor public health result.
According to census data, the proportion of cycling in Australia is from 1.
1991 is 0.
Accounted for in 1996 and 2001 census and then returned 1.
In 2006, 1% per cent.
\"The reasons for this are not clear, although there is a lack of historical investment in bike infrastructure, coupled with mandatory helmet legislation, could be one of the reasons,\" Professor Chris Rissel of Sydney --
A public health expert wrote in a 2012 academic paper.
On 1990, the helmet was forced to use in Victoria, and riders who do not have a helmet today will face a fine of $186.
Australian medical experts stress that the mandatory helmet law can save lives and prevent serious injuries.
This month, chief health officials in each state and region issued a joint statement in support of the law.
Health experts say the helmet reduces the kinetic energy transferred to the brain when it crashes or falls.
\"Brain damage caused by bike falls and crashes can lead to death or catastrophic physical and cognitive disabilities,\" they said . \".
The Royal Australian College of Surgeons also supports the mandatory wearing of bicycle helmets.
\"The brain has similar consistency with hard jelly,\" says Christian Kenfield, a trauma surgeon . \".
\"It is not intended to absorb the type of impact that occurs when the skull hits a hard surface.
Helmets help absorb the energy of the fall and protect the brain from full impact.
\"VicRoads and TAC also oppose any changes to the law.
Samantha Cofield, senior road safety manager at TAC, said the repeal of helmet laws would be inconsistent with the state\'s long term
The long-term goal of zero road death.
\"If we are going to reach zero, we need everyone to make the right choice on the road,\" she said, \"for cyclists, it means seeing, wearing helmets, so that they can protect themselves in the event of an accident. \".
But another health problem with Troy Parsons, another freestyle cyclist who took part in Saturday\'s ride, is that he prefers not to wear a helmet.
He had a history of skin cancer at home, so he wore a large dress.
A cap for sun protection.
He has also lived in several other countries, and he says Australia\'s insistence on bike helmets is \"hysterical\" compared to overseas attitudes \".
\"In New York, you can go through Central Park, you can ride back and forth by the river, no one will be hysterical about you, and here you are treated as a criminal,\" Mr Parsons said.