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.
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Freestyle Cyclists & Upright Bicycle Riders of Australia
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