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    Help MAKE the cycling laws of a country!!!!

    The Fiji (where I live) Land Transport Authority is currently reviewing the Land Transport Act and is calling for submissions for revisions.

    At present there are (unbelievably) NO laws and regulations governing cyclists in Fiji other than a single sentence in the regulations which says "cyclists must wear a helmet".

    I'm a keen cyclist but I've had no experience in cycling advocacy or legislation and there is NO ONE in the whole country to speak up for cyclists.

    So, I will be making an oral submission 01 March 2006 (the call for submissions was made public today) and a written submission by the end of that month and to be honest I don't know where to start.

    This where you can help and actually have some input into the introduction, development and enactment of Fiji's laws.

    As we currently have NO legislation for cyclists we have a Carte Blanche.

    This is a unique opportunity to get it right from the start, to REALLY make a difference to cyclists and cycling legislation of an entire country.

    Thanks, in advance, for you help.
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    Are you sure it isn't better just to keep it lawless? What's that like?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody
    Are you sure it isn't better just to keep it lawless? What's that like?
    Currently bikes are not even mentioned which is GOOD because that means (by default) bikes have the same rights as any other vehicle. However, the Fiji land Trasport Authorit y will be introducing legislation for cyclists so I'd really prefer if it was of OUR making and not THEIRS.
    The negaitve of not having bike legislation is there are no bike lanes, paths, tracks, signage, shared paths or roads or any type of bike/cycling awareness.

    What's it like being lawless...??? Like "Dodge" City in the lawless days.

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    Are there a lot of cyclists? Do they get in many crashes? Do they ride in the streets and roads or on the sidewalks?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody
    Are there a lot of cyclists? Do they get in many crashes? Do they ride in the streets and roads or on the sidewalks?
    The number of cyclists is increasing. A small group of us set up a Cycling Club and cycle 4-6 times a week. Since we started the club there has been a significant rise in the number of people on bikes. We had Fiji's first Fun Cycle last October, which was sponsored by the Fiji Land Transport Authority, and it was a huge success.

    Crashes... not that many... the last cyclist killed on the road here was a young man who crashed into the back of a parked truck. That was a couple of months ago and I can't remember when the one before that was.

    Most roads outside urban areas don't have sidewalks and the sidewalks in towns are narrow and not very good for cycling. Roads are usually in poor repair so riding road bikes is an aventure. Off road is spectacular... imagine a volcanic South Pacific island with flat coastal areas... 18-33ΊC all year... 'snot a bad place to live... and cycle.

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    The best cycling code is that cyclists have the rights of vehicles -- and a vehicle code that requires operators to drive responsibly.

    If the experience in other places is any guide, I imagine that what the Land Transport Authority is imagining is rules that are designed to keep cyclists out of the way of motorists, under the guise of safety. Often the people making the rules in such a situation aren't particularly knowedgeable about the realities of cycling on the road, and bad rules are the result. The key is to offer constructive alternatives.

    The Uniform Vehicle Code of the US is pretty reasonable when it comes to bicycles. You should make the argument that your country should move toward international standards. Here is a link to the UVC sections that apply to bikes:

    http://www.ohiobike.org/NCUTLO_000111.htm

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    I agree with DC. It sounds like currently there is no choice but for cyclists to ride on the roads (not that that's a bad thing) so try to get the law to guarantee your right to be a vehicle. Are traffic laws for motor vehicles similar to those in western countries? What are the drivers like? Do they have a strong sense of right of way and driver responsibilities? Or do they pretty much just do whatever they want?


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    Do they all ride Fujis in Fiji?


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    I have worked with state and Federal agencies from both sides of the fence. Make friends with the lower ranked engineers or technicians in the FTA (Fiji Transportation Authority). Be very nice to them. If they do not already bike try to get them or their relatives on bikes. They are in the ideal position to influence their higher-ups/executives who will be setting actual policy or writing proposed laws. They could also, very discreetly, tip you off if something nasty is happening. I would expect that in a remote place like Fiji foreign exchange problems could be critical. Bikes can really help there. Bike lanes take less imported asphalt to build than roads and bikes do not use imported petroleum products. ( ) Before someone says, "What about lubricants?" remember they have coconut butter there.
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    Basically, get them to put it in writing that bicycles are vehicles and that cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other road users. Don't let them introduce laws that make cyclists ride against the traffic, for example (a number of countries do that, I hear!!)

    In Ontario, the province I happen to inhabit , it is also in writing that cyclists should ride as far to the right as practicable (unless doing left turns or passing slower vehicles) but that they should keep at least a meter away from parked cars and half a meter away from the curb. I don't know if this should be a law, but it's nice to have as a recommendation - so that drivers do not think you should be curb-hugging all the time.

    Probably good idea to have lighting requirements (similar to other vehicles, I suppose: a white light in front, a red at the back, if that's standard in Fiji).

    I'm actually opposed to helmet laws but there've been so many holy wars over this subject, I won't even start on this... Anyway, if the country already has a helmet law, it's unlikely to get it off the books, so it doesn't matter anyway.

    Basically, try to find resources on the web about biking laws in other countries, pick out the good bits and throw out the bad bits.

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    Here's two model codes you might try:
    http://www.geocities.com/fredoswald/...model-bike.pdf
    http://crankmail.com/fredoswald/Model-Muni-Code.htm

    Be forewarned that both were authored by LAB-Reform members, and both are for the USA legal system.
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    My goodness.

    I could see how it's possible cycling may have been passed over in legislation (Fiji has only been independent for 35 years and there have been a few coups) but Fiji was also a British Colony and the British are pretty organized. I'm sure they had policys and guidelies about managing traffic laws that would include bicycles. The bicycle has had a long tradition of use in the UK, and I'm sure they have been used in the same tradition in their colonys.

    You also are asking for a pretty huge amount of information to present in 4 days and have no experience in cycling advocacy or legislation. That's quite an order. I guess you can just put in your 2 cents worth and hope someone qualified and prepared will make a good presentation.

    I'd be asking qualified individuals from national bicycle advocacy organizations from around the world for advice. Not just a message board.

    It might be good to know that bicycles are the reason most of our right-of-way rules exist. Cyclists were granted the right to use the roadways before the automobile was invented and are recognized as having those rights in every country of the world. Second on the scene, the first automobiles were confined to these roads and rules. Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as operators of vehicles.

    Good luck.

    edit - I have a few friends at work that lived in Fiji and fequently return for visits, so I called one of them and asked about the helmet point ( a single sentence in the regulations which says "cyclists must wear a helmet")

    He said, no one wears a bike helmet in Fiji. He has never seen someone wear one. That's not to suggest there isn't some regulation somewhere that says what you posted, it's just strange that that would be the only regulation set out and no one follows it.

    I also checked out my provincial motor vehicle act and looked at how simple the concept of including bicycles in an act may be. One sentence says,
    Rights and duties of operator of cycle

    183 (1) In addition to the duties imposed by this section, a person operating a cycle on a highway has the same rights and duties as a driver of a vehicle.
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    This is a word of warning:

    I am not sure you should be announcing & asking people to help make the cycling laws of your country. Myself & others have announced we are creating certain cycling laws for our communities. Those that have done this have been pounced on, ridiculed & other wise "verbally attacked" for doing so. Because of this we learned not to announce it here any more. I have decided if I want to make or change laws that are cycling related I will no longer post about it here. I'll go ahead & do it & no one here will be the wiser.

    If you need cycling laws, great. But be careful when asking about it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N_C
    Myself & others have announced we are creating certain cycling laws for our communities. Those that have done this have been pounced on, ridiculed & other wise "verbally attacked" for doing so. Because of this we learned not to announce it here any more.
    I would think the point should be that Velomancer should be seeking the council of verifiably qualified experts in the field. Not asking anyone who may or may not know anything about the subject for random views. It's one think to chin-wag with friends about something, it's another to ask for information about how a national cycling policy should be integrated with a motor vehicle act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velomancer
    I will be making an oral submission 01 March 2006 (the call for submissions was made public today) and a written submission by the end of that month
    ...so, how'd it go?

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    Make it illegal to drive cars. Keep it real simple.

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    The UVC suggestion makes sense to me. Do everything you can to eliminate ant as far to the right as practible. I've been to Fiji and just where the right ends is not always clear.

    Things I would think of getting in there.

    Make lights/reflectors required WHEN riding after dark. Get that defined, EG from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise or the like. If you don't you risk someone else deciding all bikes need lights and reflectors no matter when they are ridden.

    How about drunken biking? Your call what you want but think about it.

    Try to get something that says that bikes DO NOT have to use bike lanes or paths unless specifically posted. Get something in the code that bikes can use all roads except for a specific list. In the U.S. that list is freeways. There may be no streets that fit the no bikes list in Fiji. But then again there may be. If there are some really nasty ones with good alternatives then better to list them as no bike and aviod any chance for non-bikers to legislate for 'your own good'.

    Keep stupid has to have a bell rules out of the code.

    Get something in the code that says Bikes can be ridden on sidewalks, but with a speed limit. But be sure to get in there that having a sidewalk does NOT mean the bikes have to use it.

    For places like California there are just too many roads, too many situations to try to deal with specifics. That is not true for Fiji. You can deal with specifics. You have one airport, think if you want any specific rules for it. Think of specific major places. Stop possible trouble sites before they start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by closetbiker
    I'd be asking qualified individuals from national bicycle advocacy organizations from around the world for advice. Not just a message board.

    It might be good to know that bicycles are the reason most of our right-of-way rules exist. Cyclists were granted the right to use the roadways before the automobile was invented and are recognized as having those rights in every country of the world. Second on the scene, the first automobiles were confined to these roads and rules. Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as operators of vehicles.

    Good luck.

    edit - I have a few friends at work that lived in Fiji and fequently return for visits, so I called one of them and asked about the helmet point ( a single sentence in the regulations which says "cyclists must wear a helmet")

    He said, no one wears a bike helmet in Fiji. He has never seen someone wear one. That's not to suggest there isn't some regulation somewhere that says what you posted, it's just strange that that would be the only regulation set out and no one follows it.

    I also checked out my provincial motor vehicle act and looked at how simple the concept of including bicycles in an act may be. One sentence says,
    The LTA (land Transport Authority) advertised for submissions on the current act and wanted those submissions on the following Wednesday (two working days to get a submission together). The act has been revsied a number of times since Fiji gaied Independance and each time the "Bicycle Act has been overlooked.Most of the current legislation dates back to the "colonial" era and a time when there weren't and sealed roads in Fiji. Older legislation required licences, large white squares on the back of the bike - like older motoring laws that required a man with a red flag to walk in front of "horseless" carriages.

    You are correct. Hardly any one wears a helmet here. But this is because the law is not enforced.If you cycle around Suva (Fiji's capital) today you will see a lot more helmets.
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    Thanks for the responses and suggestions. And thanks to "Cut and Paste" I cobbled together bits and pieces from everywhere.

    I've talked to the CEO of the Fiji Land Transport Authority and he's very keen to promote cycling and he said he'd give as much support as we need!!!!!! Good start eh!

    My notes for the oral submission.
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    We ask that:

    Cyclists have ALL the rights of any other vehicle and be respected as such by other road users.

    Bicycles, cyclists and their rights should be included in driver education as part of the road code for learner and probationary drivers and that driver prove knowledge of these rights as part of their driving tests

    No vehicle can come within a minimum distance of 1 metre from the furthest extremity (e.g. handlebar) of the bicycle.

    Provision and maintenance of bike lanes on all roads wide enough to safely accommodate them and space provided for bike lanes on all new or upgraded roads.

    Provisions and maintenance of “watch for cyclists” signs and other sign relating to cyclists, on roads.

    Provision and maintenance of secure bicycle racks for the parking of bicycles.


    Cyclists be allowed to:

    • Ride a bicycle on any public road, street, or footpath (outside business areas).

    • Ride two, side by side in the correct lane and wherever safe move to single file to facilitate safe vehicle passing.

    • Ride on sidewalks or footpaths outside business areas.

    • Use either hand to signal stops and turns

    • Pass cars and other vehicles on the right and left

    • Carry children or other passengers inside an enclosed trailer or other device that will adequately restrain them.

    • Hold a bicycle race on any public road or street with the cooperation of a recognised bicycle organisation, and if you get approval from the appropriate police department before the race is held.

    • May establish special bike regulations for races by agreement between your bicycle organisation and the police.

    • May have as many lights and reflectors on your bike as you wish.


    We believe as road users cyclists should ride in a safe and responsible manner. These are our recommendations for cyclists responsibilities

    • Cyclists must obey all traffic laws and regulations.

    • Cyclists must use hand signals to let people know when they plan to stop or turn.

    • Cyclists must give pedestrians the right of way.

    • Cyclists must give pedestrians an audible signal before overtaking or passing them.

    • Cyclists must ride astride a regular, permanent seat that is attached to the bicycle.

    • Cyclists must keep one hand on the handlebars at all times.

    • Cyclists must wear a helmet. The helmet must fit the head and the chin strap must be fastened.

    • Cyclists must have a headlight and taillight on if riding any time from sunset until sunrise.

    • Cyclists may not carry a passenger anywhere on your bike except on a regular seat permanently attached to the bike, or to a trailer towed by the bike.

    • Cyclists may not carry any child between the ages of 1 to 4, or weighing 20 kilograms or less, anywhere on a single-passenger bike except in a baby seat attached to the bike. The child must be able to sit upright in the seat and must be held in the seat by a harness or seatbelt. Their hands and feet must be out of reach of the wheel spokes.

    • Cyclists may not carry any child under the age of 1 on a bike, even in a baby seat; this does not preclude carrying them in a trailer.

    • You may not carry anything on your bike unless it is in a basket, rack, bag, or trailer designed for the purpose.

    • The brakes must be good enough to bring you to a stop, from a speed of 10 kilometres an hour, within 10 metres of braking. This distance assumes a dry, clean, hard, level surface.

    • At night, the headlight must emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 150 metres.

    • At night, the taillight must be red and must be visible from a distance of at least 200 metres.

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    Looks good, Velo. Here are the current statutes for Florida, maybe this will help, too. The definitions make a bicycle a vehicle and the operator of a bicycle a driver.

    The 2005 Florida Statutes

    Title XXIII
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    316.003 Definitions.--The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section, except where the context otherwise requires:

    (2) BICYCLE.--Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels. The term does not include such a vehicle with a seat height of no more than 25 inches from the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position or a scooter or similar device. No person under the age of 16 may operate or ride upon a motorized bicycle.

    (10) DRIVER.--Any person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle on a highway or who is exercising control of a vehicle or steering a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle.



    Title XXIII
    MOTOR VEHICLES Chapter 316
    STATE UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL View Entire Chapter
    316.2065 Bicycle regulations.--

    (1) Every person propelling a vehicle by human power has all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this chapter, except as to special regulations in this chapter, and except as to provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.

    (2) A person operating a bicycle may not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.

    (3)(a) A bicycle may not be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped, except that an adult rider may carry a child securely attached to his or her person in a backpack or sling.

    (b) Except as provided in paragraph (a), a bicycle rider must carry any passenger who is a child under 4 years of age, or who weighs 40 pounds or less, in a seat or carrier that is designed to carry a child of that age or size and that secures and protects the child from the moving parts of the bicycle.

    (c) A bicycle rider may not allow a passenger to remain in a child seat or carrier on a bicycle when the rider is not in immediate control of the bicycle.

    (d) A bicycle rider or passenger who is under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and is fastened securely upon the passenger's head by a strap, and that meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z 90.4 Bicycle Helmet Standards), the standards of the Snell Memorial Foundation (1984 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling), or any other nationally recognized standards for bicycle helmets adopted by the department. As used in this subsection, the term "passenger" includes a child who is riding in a trailer or semitrailer attached to a bicycle.

    (e) Law enforcement officers and school crossing guards may issue a bicycle safety brochure and a verbal warning to a bicycle rider or passenger who violates this subsection. A bicycle rider or passenger who violates this subsection may be issued a citation by a law enforcement officer and assessed a fine for a pedestrian violation, as provided in s. 318.18. The court shall dismiss the charge against a bicycle rider or passenger for a first violation of paragraph (d) upon proof of purchase of a bicycle helmet that complies with this subsection.

    (4) No person riding upon any bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled, or toy vehicle may attach the same or himself or herself to any vehicle upon a roadway. This subsection does not prohibit attaching a bicycle trailer or bicycle semitrailer to a bicycle if that trailer or semitrailer is commercially available and has been designed for such attachment.

    (5)(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:

    1. When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

    2. When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

    3. When reasonably necessary to avoid any condition, including, but not limited to, a fixed or moving object, parked or moving vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, animal, surface hazard, or substandard-width lane, that makes it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge. For the purposes of this subsection, a "substandard-width lane" is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

    (b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a one-way highway with two or more marked traffic lanes may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of such roadway as practicable.

    (6) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway may not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two abreast may not impede traffic when traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing and shall ride within a single lane.

    (7) Any person operating a bicycle shall keep at least one hand upon the handlebars.

    (8) Every bicycle in use between sunset and sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a lamp and reflector on the rear each exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet to the rear. A bicycle or its rider may be equipped with lights or reflectors in addition to those required by this section.

    (9) No parent of any minor child and no guardian of any minor ward may authorize or knowingly permit any such minor child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this section.

    (10) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.

    (11) A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

    (12) No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, or similar device, may go upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk; and, when so crossing, such person shall be granted all rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to pedestrians.

    (13) This section shall not apply upon any street while set aside as a play street authorized herein or as designated by state, county, or municipal authority.

    (14) Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake or brakes which will enable its rider to stop the bicycle within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.

    (15) A person engaged in the business of selling bicycles at retail shall not sell any bicycle unless the bicycle has an identifying number permanently stamped or cast on its frame.

    (16)(a) A person may not knowingly rent or lease any bicycle to be ridden by a child who is under the age of 16 years unless:

    1. The child possesses a bicycle helmet; or

    2. The lessor provides a bicycle helmet for the child to wear.

    (b) A violation of this subsection is a nonmoving violation, punishable as provided in s. 318.18.

    (17) The court may waive, reduce, or suspend payment of any fine imposed under subsection (3) or subsection (16) and may impose any other conditions on the waiver, reduction, or suspension. If the court finds that a person does not have sufficient funds to pay the fine, the court may require the performance of a specified number of hours of community service or attendance at a safety seminar.

    (18) Notwithstanding s. 318.21, all proceeds collected pursuant to s. 318.18 for violations under paragraphs (3)(e) and (16)(b) shall be deposited into the State Transportation Trust Fund.

    (19) The failure of a person to wear a bicycle helmet or the failure of a parent or guardian to prevent a child from riding a bicycle without a bicycle helmet may not be considered evidence of negligence or contributory negligence.

    (20) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a pedestrian violation as provided in chapter 318. A law enforcement officer may issue traffic citations for a violation of subsection (3) or subsection (16) only if the violation occurs on a bicycle path or road, as defined in s. 334.03. However, they may not issue citations to persons on private property, except any part thereof which is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular traffic.

    History.--s. 1, ch. 71-135; s. 1, ch. 76-31; s. 2, ch. 76-286; s. 1, ch. 78-353; s. 8, ch. 83-68; s. 5, ch. 85-309; s. 1, ch. 86-23; s. 7, ch. 87-161; s. 21, ch. 94-306; s. 899, ch. 95-148; s. 1, ch. 96-185; s. 2, ch. 97-300; s. 161, ch. 99-248.

    Note.--Former s. 316.111.

    Here's the link:
    http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/...EChapter%20316

    Bicycles being vehicles, there are other statutes within the motor vehicle code that apply, but this is what is specific to this vehicle type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velomancer
    You are correct. Hardly any one wears a helmet here. But this is because the law is not enforced.If you cycle around Suva (Fiji's capital) today you will see a lot more helmets.
    I'd like to know how many "a lot more" are. Just how many have you seen, because I just talked to another Fijian friend at work who just came back from Fiji and said he's never seen a single cyclist around Suva wearing a helmet. He looked at me like I had 3 heads when I asked him.

    "What, are you crazy?" he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by closetbiker
    I'd like to know how many "a lot more" are. Just how many have you seen, because I just talked to another Fijian friend at work who just came back from Fiji and said he's never seen a single cyclist around Suva wearing a helmet. He looked at me like I had 3 heads when I asked him.

    "What, are you crazy?" he said.
    There are about 20 roadies who cycle at around 5-5.30am (still dark at the moment) along Queen Elizabeth Drive, Suva most mornings. Sometimes in groups of 4-5 but mostly singles. Weekends we have longer rides to Pacific Harbour (48k), Sigatoka (120k), Nagali (40k) and Korolevu (105k).

    Here' a pic of last years Fun cycle. 250 cyclists - every single one with a helmet and the RoC group (the guy with the MTB was just riding past and joined in for the pic)

    There is a regular ride along the Suva foreshore/sea wall every Saturday morning. We meet at the RoC (Republic of Cupuccino) Cafι at 7am. Tell you friend to join us. . It's an easy ride about 1 hr - as fast as the slowest cyclest - and coffee, fresh still warm muffins after.
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    But you do concur that there are a tiny number of cyclists that do wear helmets.

    I'm sure there are at least 20, maybe even more , but the level of cyclists wearing helmets must be lower than 10% of all cyclists, wouldn't you say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by closetbiker
    But you do concur that there are a tiny number of cyclists that do wear helmets.

    I'm sure there are at least 20, maybe even more , but the level of cyclists wearing helmets must be lower than 10% of all cyclists, wouldn't you say?
    I think the figure would probably be less than 1% of the people who ride bikes wear helmets. As I said "Hardly any one wears a helmet here".

    Most of the people you see riding a bike do so because the need to get from A-B. There are very few "cyclists" who ride for fun, competition, fittness, love... etc. A half decent road bike cost around the average annual wage and a (really) cheap helmet is half a weeks pay. Add to that the non enforcement of the only regulation we have and.... well... no one wears helmets.

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    ahhh... that makes sense.

    Good luck on the legislation.

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