Embarrassed by the failure of Melbourneâ€™s $5.5 million bike-hire scheme, out-of-town bike bullies are telling Victorians they should risk brain damage and death to fulfill their ecological agenda of bicycle-riding.
A Sydney bike militant Mike Rubbo tells The Age he plans to ride without a helmet. And he wants to encourage others to risk their personal safety by doing the same.
Another visitor, a not-so great Dane, Mikael Colville-Andersen, summoned up the full extent of his Nordic charm ahead of the Melbourne Cycling Forum to tell his host country:
”You are the fattest country in the world, you should be encouraging cycling, not convincing people it’s dangerous.”
The share-bike scheme is just the latest failed Greens party boosted experiment that was unwisely taken up by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian government. Nearly six million dollars has purchased 600 bikes, making them more expensive than many peopleâ€™s cars.
And no-oneâ€™s using them, with fewer than 70 trips being made a day.
Bike militants say itâ€™s because bike riders are required to wear helmets and itâ€™s not convenient for people to carry helmets around on the off-chance they might want to savour the delights of a bike ride around the city.
Wisely, the government is having none of it, refusing to put lives at risk to fulfill the environmental fantasies of left-wing cultural warriors.
Vending machines for communally shared â€“ and hopefully freshly deloused â€“ bike helmets (and secure bins for their safe return) is perhaps the only way for the governmentâ€™s wasteful gimmicky wannabe Green scheme to be saved from its own stupidity. Failing that, the ill-considered bike-hire scheme will continue to attract negative publicity in the lead-up to the state election.
Some believe they’d be better off cancelling the whole thing, with other health risks alarming experts:
A study released in June by the Transport Research Institute at Hasselt University in Brussels revealed that cyclists inhale around five times more toxic nanoparticles than pedestrians or car drivers; these toxic nanoparticles have been linked to heart disease and increased susceptibility to asthma attacks.