Almost two years to the day after a police officer in Australia pulled him over for riding a bike without a helmet, Arnold Schwarzenegger has once again been spotted riding a bike in Melbourne bare-headed – despite a journalist gifting one to the Terminator star and former governor of California so he wouldn’t repeat the offence.
In March 2015, the 69-year-old was stopped by Senior Constable Robert Gillson in the Victorian capital as he rode through the city on one of its hire scheme bikes. Instead of fining him, the officer directed him instead to a nearby 7-Eleven store where he could by a helmet for A$5.
Schwarzenegger has been back in Australia to attend his annual Arnold Classic multi-sports contest.
At a press conference, Australian journalist Seb Costello gave the actor-turned-politician a cycle helmet – but Schwarzenegger was snapped the following day going for a ride in the city, it was dangling from his bike’s handlebars.
— Seb Costello (@SebCostello9) March 17, 2017
The globetrotting former Governator has a habit of breaking laws when he hops on a bike while broad – last year, he rode down the wrong side of a street in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.
Last autumn, after visiting the Oktoberfest in Munich, he was stopped by police as he rode through the Bavarian city’s main railway station – an infraction which cost him no more than a request for a selfie with the officer concerned.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.