THE year was 1988, and Scott Hayes was riding flat-out for home after a day at school.
Then his BMX hit a drainpipe.
He went straight over the handlebars and his head hit the concrete.
Unfortunately, the bike was ruined.
But thanks to the helmet he was wearing, his head was not.
``I would have been in a bit of strife if it wasn't for my bright orange Stackhat,'' Mr Hayes said.
``My mum and dad always told me to wear a helmet and it is something I ensure my kids do, even in the backyard.''
The benefits of a sturdy bicycle helmet are widely accepted in Australia, and a legal requirement when you're cycling on the road in Tasmania.
But could there be situations where a helmet is deemed unnecessary?
The Brisbane City Council seems to think so.
In a submission to a parliamentary review of cycling issues, chief executive Colin Jensen wrote that the council would consider relaxation of the helmet requirement in low-risk locations.
This includes areas such as pathways in parks and along river and creek corridors where there is no vehicular traffic.
Mr Jensen said such an amendment could help lessen pressure on the council to provide helmets as part of its shared CityCycle bike hire scheme, while Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said it would encourage more people to take up walking and cycling.
It's a line of inquiry that the Launceston City Council won't be exploring any time soon.
General manager Robert Dobrzynski said the council had no plans to lobby the state government for changes in helmet legislation.
``Accidents can and do occur even on bike paths separated from roads,'' Mr Dobrzynski said.
Tamar Bicycle Users Group spokeswoman Anna Povey said the club was also happy to stick with current helmet-wearing laws, and instead was looking to focus on lobbying for better bicycle infrastructure.
``Helmet-free zones are a complex argument, and not really at the top of our list at the moment,'' she said.
``Certainly in the future it's something to consider.
``But the most important issues right now are facilities and infrastructure for cyclists, and cyclist awareness campaigns for road users.''
The issue is a no-brainer for Mr Hayes.
``If I hadn't have been wearing my helmet 25 years ago, I might not be here now.''