Apparently the Lycra Force Field provides protection from having to pay fines

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UK cyclist getting fined for not wearing a helmet

More than 72 per cent of cyclists who broke the law last year haven’t paid their fines, including 4449 people who owe more than $244,695 after being caught by police not wearing a helmet.

But offences by cyclists have dropped by 36.6 per cent since 2013, when there were 14,616 infringements, according to new figures. Police say this is thanks to more people using purpose-built cycleways.

Road policing operations manager Peter McKennie said the cycling infrastructure meant less risk of people being hit by traffic and so “we are less likely to press the enforcement in those environments”.

Police have the discretion to charge and assess the risk of the situation. “We always encourage people to adhere to the law by using the appropriate lights on their bikes, wearing reflectorised clothing, having adequate brakes and wearing safety helmets.”

Offences labelled “decision unpaid” means the fee is unpaid and referred to the Ministry of Justice.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not illegal to ride a bicycle after drinking alcohol.

Cyclists live a charmed life on our roads. They receive all kinds of special treatment and, in return, they take over the road like they own it. Red lights are optional, as is giving way. And they quite happily take to walking paths and pedestrian-only areas.

Lycra-clad middle-aged men’s attraction to cycling is linked to their alpha-male urges, a Kiwi sports psychologist says.

Campbell Thompson, who is preparing a number of sports teams for this year’s Rio Olympics, will speak today on “The Psychology of the Mamil” at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists’ annual meeting. He reckons Mamils (middle-aged men in lycra) on suburban roads on weekends may be “sublimating primitive urges to mate and fight” by channelling their inner weekend warrior.

“The Mamil approaches recreational cycling in an intense and focused way,” Thompson said. “Mamils are often highly motivated people who are putting that energy into a sport. He channels his ‘weekend warrior’, developing an almost professional level of competitiveness about what is a social activity.”

And?for 70% of them, paying fines is clearly a girlie thing to do.

 

– Amelia Wade, NZ Herald

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