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This paper was presented at the VeloCity Global Conference in Adelaide, South Australia, 29th May, 2014. It draws attention to the overwhelming evidence that mandatory helmet laws have decimated cycling as an everyday activity, with cycling levels still well below those before the laws were introduced, despite substantial investment in bicycle infrastructure. The community has suffered higher health and transport costs as a result of this poorly-thought-out law (there was no analysis of costs and benefits before the laws were introduced). Now, despite (or perhaps because of) all the evidence, the 'policy protectors' in the public service and government want to pretend that all is well and to deny that a change might be desirable.
Full paper is available at http://www.slideshare.net/Catalystian/lifting-the-lid-on-western-australias-helmet-laws-full-paper