Bike helmet law 'sexist', forces women to have 'helmet hair': Aussie woman

Sue Abbott of Scone, New South Wales, says Australia's compulsory bike helmet law is sexist. This...

Sue Abbott of Scone, New South Wales, says Australia's compulsory bike helmet law is sexist. This photo is from her Twitter profile @FreedomCycliste. (Photo: Twitter/QMI Agency)

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An Australian woman is fighting back against her country's compulsory bike helmet law, calling it sexist.

Sue Abbott of Scone, New South Wales, was fined $153 this week in Adelaide for not wearing her helmet, but it wasn't the first time. She told Adelaide Now she has been fined a dozen of times but she refused to pay and police have even seized her bicycle and sold it to pay her fines.

"It is a very sexist law because a lot of women have maintained hairstyles and would end up with helmet hair -- and women have told me that's one of the factors (for not riding bikes)," she told the newspaper.

In a YouTube video on her blog, Abbott said she has never worn a helmet, including when she lived in Europe. She has no plans to start.

She is riding in a bike helmet protest Thursday afternoon in Adelaide to protest the country's helmet law.


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