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Helmet laws an obstacle to free bike plan

TRANSPORT Minister Lynne Kosky is in discussions with Roads Minister Tim Pallas about a free bicycle program in Melbourne’s city centre.

Ms Kosky viewed the system in Paris and Lyon, where outdoor advertising giant JCDecaux supplies bicycles in exchange for control of billboards.


A rack of free bicycles in Lyon.

A rack of free bicycles in Lyon. 

 

However, Melbourne City Council plans to bring the scheme here have foundered on laws that make helmets compulsory — no reliable system for supplying safe free helmets has yet been found.

Both Mr Pallas and Ms Kosky met JCDecaux chiefs in Lyon while on recent trips to Europe.

The system would allow cyclists to take a bike from a rack after giving credit card details, and return it free within an hour to one of a number of racks across the city. If it is not returned, users would have up to $1000 debited from their card.

 

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