my refusal to wear a bicycle helmet

my refusal to wear a bicycle helmet informed

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Be careful riding bikes & off to war with you

(City To Surf 2014 revellers, Newtown)

If we can afford to send our women and men to war then we can afford to lighten up with bicycle helmet laws because even Dunc can't argue that Australia's all about protecting its citizens when you consider the latest directive from TeamAustralia's Chief.

Seriously once we start despatching troops to kill and be killed, Occupation Health and Safety (OH&S) is exposed for the smoke and mirrors exercise that it is.

After all, how can deliberately sending the nation's citizens to war and deliberately putting them in the way of harm fit with the normal safety-paranoid parameters of a nation that holds bicycle helmet law so dear to its heart?

In my opinion, the wanton killing of others & our own is dangerous and ought to be a crime ...

... not the 'not-wearing-a-bicycle-helmet' when sitting on a bicycle.

Shame on you, Australian politicians, and just remember ... you do not send our children to their potential deaths and destruction in my name.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

And can your city do this?

(Image: Mike Rubbo's wonderful 2009 'Waltz of the Bikes, YouTube)

Oh, Amsterdam, no we certainly cannot ...

... not with the Right Honourable Mr Duncan Gay MLC at the helm of our roads ...sigh

... and many apologies for repeat posting this YouTube clip of Al Jazeera's interview with our Ridiculous Road Pooh-Bah ...

... it's just I want you to really really really get a handle on what we have to put up with Down Under.

Oh, Amsterdam ... sigh

Sunday, August 31, 2014

But can your army do this?

Image: Trompetterkorps Bereden Wapens 2004, YouTube)

Who'd have 'thunk' it???

A whole brigade of 'helmeted' Dutch cyclists!

Love it ♥♥♥

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Oz Governments you are so losing the helmet battle

(Image: Bondi Beach Cruisers, YouTube)

Hell yeah ... THIS IS AUSTRALIA!!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

OH MY ... 1970 Oz Pushbike Song & nobody wearing helmets

(Image: The Mixtures, YouTube)


... back in the day when when we didn't have helmet law.

The Mixtures
Sit-up bikes
Long hair ...

...and 'South Avenue' wherever that is in that southern bayside city.

That was Australia ... sigh

Thursday, August 28, 2014

If you could do anything what would you do?

(Image: Scott Stoll, 2010, YouTube "Falling Uphill")

Right just now I feel a little like the proverbial filling in the sandwich of life ...

... the joys of being 'une dame d'un certain âge' I suppose.

So things have been a little quiet on the blogging front ... and when I think about it, on the 'Adelaide' mail front too re bicycle-helmet-matters!

Hmmm, so far with Adelaide issue:

* no court attendance notices, or,
* any other South Australian correspondence

... have appeared in my mailbox meaning I'm still waiting to hear whether Adelaide is going to prosecute me for that wicked Australian crime of riding a bicycle without a helmet!

Anyhoo, notwithstanding any of above, I came across this inspiring YouTube bicycle film today, made by Scott Stoll a few years back, so very beautifully done in a quick visual montage synopsis ...

Bonne observation!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wending your way in Wanaka

(Wanaka, New Zealand, August 2014)

Our kiwi cousins across the Tasman also have the Cul-de-sac of transport strategy (bicycle helmet law) ...

... and whilst some safety-nanny-dedicated types enjoy wallowing in the goodness of mandatory requirements, many New Zealanders, just like many Australians, get it that bicycle helmet regulations are nothing more than a tacky imitation of good safety practice ...

... and so just like many of us, many kiwis eschew helmets for 'nothing' (or sometimes 'something-a-little-more-comfortable' like the beanie here).

Seriously to all you antipodean pollies, both sides of the Tasman:

"Con te partir├▓ ... time to say goodbye ...

... to helmet law once and for all."


(Thank you, YouTube, for the gorgeous Andrea Bocelli)