People riding bikes in NSW pay large fines to be less safe riding bikes

Since minimum passing laws were introduced and penalty rates were increased, 58,300 infringement notices have been issued to people riding bikes raising a total of $10,916,663Fatality rates for people driving cars have decreased. Rates of death and injury have risen for people riding bikes even though NSW has the lowest rates of regular riding of any Australian state.

If safety were the reason for harsh penalties and vigorous enforcement of helmet wearing, then more dangerous activities like close passing of a bike rider or speeding, especially in a school zone, would be as strictly enforced.