There has been an increase in bicycle riding on the Sunshine Coast due to the vast amount of the community choosing this as a form of exercise during COVID-19 restrictions.
Therefore, Sunshine Coast police would like to remind everyone that it is a condition of riding your bicycle that you must wear an Australian Standard approved bicycle helmet. You must securely fit and fasten it before use.
A bicycle helmet cannot prevent the seriousness of injury to your head if it is mounted on the handle bars! A bicycle helmet is designed to help protect your head, not your handle bars.
You may only carry passengers on your bicycle if the bicycle is designed to carry passengers.
If you have a doctor’s certificate, you must carry it with you when you ride without a helmet.
You also do not need to wear a helmet if you are a member of a religious group and are wearing a headdress customarily worn by your group, that makes it impractical to wear a helmet.
When you are riding a bicycle, you must have one leg on each side of the seat, be facing forwards and to have one hand on the handle bars always. You cannot carry another person on the bicycle unless it was built to do so.
A bicycle rider who fails to wear a helmet may receive a fine of $133.