Short and interesting read (http://www.dot.gov/affairs/peters021607.htm). If only we had something similar happen here(like a transport minister that is a rider), how much better off would we all be. Things I took from this: Isn't that a great idea. No way they would be free but at least an across the board discount would be good. Would also go a long way towards improving the helmets being used by existing riders if it is cheaper to buy a new helmet when buying a new bike, rather than waiting or persevering with a crappy old one that has been dropped 10 times. How good is this chick! Same deal - make an arrangement to get a big discount on a rider training course if the course is purchased with the bike, just like the other extras that get thrown into the final sale price. In the big scheme of things, a subsidised discount scheme wouldn't really cost government that much. Especially when you consider the benefit of having more riders with better helmets and better skills. If you are dubious about the feasibility of this, take this example. Almost as soon the current Defence Minister(Brendan Nelson) took over the job, he immediately approved $1.9million for rider training for Australian Defence Organisation(military and defence civilians) riders. You just have to have riders in the right places. Now where did I put that candidate preselection form I got out of the Weet Bix box?