Frequent question: Do you need to wear a helmet on a bike in Australia?

Can I cycle without a helmet?

Do I have to wear a helmet when I cycle? There’s no law which compels cyclists of any age to wear a helmet. However, it’s obviously dangerous to cycle without one, and the Highway Code suggests all cyclists wear a safe and well-fitting helmet regardless of what the laws says.

Is it compulsory to wear a bike helmet in Queensland?

When you ride a bicycle or an electric powered wheeled recreational device or a personal mobility device like a rideable, you must wear an Australian Standard (AS) approved bicycle helmet. … If you carry a passenger on your bicycle, they must also wear an approved helmet, securely fitted and fastened.

What happens if you fall off your bike without a helmet?

Bike accidents without helmets are far more likely to result in death or brain trauma than ones where the cyclist’s head was properly protected. In 2014, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 60% of deaths in bicycle crashes were people who were NOT wearing a helmet.

Are bike helmets compulsory in Melbourne?

All bike and scooter riders are required to wear a bike helmet in Victoria. Mandatory bicycle helmet laws were introduced in July 1990. This applies when riding: on roads and road-related areas.

Why are bike helmets not mandatory?

Some evidence suggests they may in fact increase the risk of cyclists having falls or collisions in the first place, or suffering neck injuries. Neither enforced helmet laws nor promotion campaigns have been shown to reduce serious head injuries, except by reducing cycling.

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