It has been surveyed that in Australia, a fewer people wish to ride bikes due to mandatory laws for wearing helmets. In turn, this is posing adverse effects to citizen's health, reported a public safety expert.
Further, another study analyzed injuries associated with bicycles, through which, the debate over obligatory helmet laws again caught fire. The third effect of these helmet laws can be seen on the city bike hiring services, which are now getting lukewarm response, particularly in Melbourne.
It had been in 1991, when Australia became the first nation to announce that if anyone rides a bike without a helmet, the same would be deemed as illegal. Associate Professor Chris Rissel, from Sydney University's School of Public Health added that maximum head injuries were witnessed amongst Australians in the 1980s, before these laws were launched. It was due to road safety and speed control crusades carried out in the country.
Dr Rissel said, "Findings suggest the greatest reductions in head injuries ... come from road improvement safety measures introduced prior to 1991, such as lower speed limits, random breath testing and intensive road safety advertising".
Therefore, it has been appealed that these obligatory helmet laws be cancelled in the State, so that more people are encouraged to ride bikes.