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Fold-up helmet to save Melbourne bikes?

In a bid to save Melbourne's troubled bike share scheme, the state government is considering providing collapsible helmets that could fold up and be carried in a briefcase or handbag.

The scheme's operator, RACV, will also hand out free conventional bike helmets next month and VicRoads has confirmed it is working with RACV on a range of other helmet options, including the collapsible variety.

Figures obtained by The Sunday Age show that usage of the new scheme - introduced late May - remains low and declined last month.

The Sunday Age has been told an Australian company has approached VicRoads with a collapsible helmet product. VicRoads, which declined to provide further details, may run a tender for the provision of collapsible helmets, depending on whether Australian safety standards can be met. French company DOYOUvelo? also has a prototype collapsible helmet that folds flat.

  
The Australian and French products

Sun 29 Aug 2010

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