Sue Abbott, writing in The Guardian, about our country's "ridiculous bicycle helmet laws":
In New South Wales bicycle helmet laws were enacted in January 1991, and I have must have been travelling "under the radar" for the first 18 years because they made no impact on my life whatsoever. But that all changed in March 2009 when I was booked by highway patrol officers in a little country town called Scone for the crime of not wearing a bicycle helmet while riding a bicycle. Flashing blue and red lights, accompanied by in-car police-camera and curt instructions "to move away from the vehicle", left me feeling like the criminal I was to become after my matter was heard in the Scone local court some months later.
Not in Sydney. Not without a helmet.
See also: Ride A Bike, Move To The Netherlands