Thanks again Eric
Michael: An even worse problem with compulsory cycle helmet wearing
it that in New Zealand it has been allowed to become a substitute for
policy, with helmet-wearing statistics and enforcement campaigns but
precious little else. Thankfully, this 'policy' seems to be changing.
On 2008 Jan, 25, at 8:43 PM, Michael Yeates wrote:
> Thanks Eric,
> Great idea ... as long as it does not result in the further
> marginalisation of bicycles (of which the City bike is a
> subcategory) as a mode of transport to be considered with all
> others and not as some other possible option ...!
> To date, there is not much more sustainable mode in the transport
> field than the bicycle ...!
> And there is one other issue in which Australia sadly leads
> (trails?) the field and that is the compulsion to wear bike
> helmets ...
> As has been said many times before, there is no reason not to
> promote the wearing of bike helmets as a risk compensation and
> individual choice ... but no grounds whatsoever to make it
> compulsory ... indeed far more people would be saved from death or
> serious injury if all car, bus and train passengers were required
> to wear helmets and also pedestrians ...!
> All compulsion "says" is that "bike riding is dangerous" ... more
> dangerous than all the other modes that don't require a helmet.
> And while there might be scope for all sorts of solutions to this
> problem, the interest in Citybikes makes helmet compulsion a
> mainstream issue for this discussion group ... which is a good
> thing too.
> In fact what is good for Citybikes may well also apply for many
> other forms of cycling.
> At 04:10 PM 25/01/2008, eric.britton wrote:
>> This is to invite any of you who may share this interest to join a
>> new forum here specifically focused on the issues around City or
>> public bicycles. This is intended to provide a useful supplement
>> to our on-going World City Bike Implementation Strategies [r for
>> which you can find full details at http://
>> Do we really need yet one more discussion group? Well I can think
>> of two possible justifications for hits. First. To save the people
>> in this group the time and bother of details in this specific area
>> which may not be of immediate interest to all here. And second
>> because, no more, no less, the world really does need people and
>> groups who care about this useful form of low-carbon, high-equity
>> new mobility to put their brains and energies together to make it
>> happen. More, faster, and better! You can bet it won’t be world
>> government that will do it for us. ;-)
>> To join: a blank message to WorldCityBike-
>> email@example.com will do it nicely. And if you have
>> thoughts for me on this, please do let me know.
>> Eric Britton
>> One more New Mobility guy