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Sydney bike hire awaits helmet law exemption

The City of Sydney is considering a bicycle hire scheme, but only if it wins an exemption from compulsory helmet laws. It also wants to finish its network of inner-city bike lanes first.

Sydney has plans for a 2,000 bike hire scheme with 3,500 docking stations. But as a consequence of the poor performance of Melbourne's scheme in which only 20,600 bikes were hired in the first 4 months compared with over 1 million in a similar period in non-law Montreal the city is holding off. It notes that successful schemes tend to be in cities without helmet laws.

"The city is considering options for addressing this issue, such as advocating a pilot scheme where helmets are not compulsory for adults in an approved area with low traffic speeds and separated cycleways,", a council spokesman said.

In 2010, Sydney called for a review of helmet legislation.


Mon 5 Mar 2012

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