Aussie Bicycle Riders Fighting Fund

$2,520 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 13 months
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Freestyle Cyclists Australia  Adelaide, SA
Help us make bicycle riding normal in Australia again.

In the early 1990's Australia introduced an all ages, nationwide ban on bicycle riding without a helmet.
The result on normal bicycle riding has been devastating. Thousands of everyday people simply stopped riding. Only sport cycling has survived.

It's now 26 years later, and despite a mountain of evidence against mandatory helmet laws , the Australian government has never actually evaluated the effect of the law and the ban is still in place.


In March 2014, Sue Abbott (pictured above) was stopped and fined by South Australian police, for not wearing a bicycle helmet. (Ironically, Sue was in Adelaide attending the Velocity 2014 world cycling conference, presented by the European Cycling Federation).

After 18 months and six court appearances, in November of 2015, Sue was found guilty and penalised a total of $560 (which included a "victim of crime" levy) - plus handed a criminal conviction.

Sue is now a registered criminal in Australia... for not wearing a bicycle helmet!

This is a fighting fund set up by:
'Freestyle Cyclists ' & 'Upright Bicycle Riders of Australia ' to help fight this ridiculous law in the courts and the parliaments of Australia.

All money raised will go towards supporting victims of this law, (such as Sue) to help with the financial burden placed on them when they plead their case before the courts.

No one should be labelled a criminal, just for doing something that 98% of the world are free to enjoy doing.

Where ever you are in the world, if you value cycling and the freedom it brings, we'd really appreciate your help - no matter how big or small.

Please add a message of support when you donate!

Thank you.

Freestyle Cyclists & Upright Bicycle Riders of Australia
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Update 2
Posted by Freestyle Cyclists Australia
4 months ago
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Hi All.
Thanks to your generosity, we've paid out a total of $1,041 in court imposed helmet fines to date!

We still have $1,267 of donations remaining and will continue to pay court imposed fines for victims of this victimless crime.

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Posted by Freestyle Cyclists Australia
9 months ago
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Our fund is continuing to pay court costs & court imposed fines for helmet law offences in Australia. On 20/4/2016 we paid $261 to cover http://freedomcyclist.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/court-cases-coming-out-of-my-ears.html court imposed fine and costs for Sue Abbott.
If you take your helmet fine to court, you can apply to this fund to be reimbursed.
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$2,520 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 13 months
Created January 2, 2016
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Freestyle Cyclists Australia  
$20
Anonymous
4 months ago
$20
Julio Jimenez
9 months ago
$60
Jason Hunter
10 months ago

I come from Shepparton Victoria and I support Sue Abbott as Helmets are a danger Cycle helmets are too flimsy and can actually create more danger by creating the illusion of greater safety I applaud Sue Abbott and she has my vote Thank You.

JB
$20
John Biggins
12 months ago
GK
$100
Guy Keulemans
12 months ago
MG
$60
Martin Geliot
12 months ago
PD
$100
Paul Dumais
12 months ago

Keep on fighting. Criminalization of cycling has to stop. In solidarity from Montreal.

PT
$100
Peter T
12 months ago

This is coming out from the Donations budget. This insane counter-productive law needs to be stopped

AC
$100
Adrian Carter
12 months ago

Great idea! Go Sue!

NI
$100
Neil Irvine
12 months ago

Thank you for organising this!

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