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Arnie's back in Australia - and he's still not wearing a cycle helmet

Terminator star was stopped by police in Victorian capital two years ago but is still riding lidless - despite journalist's gift of a helmet...

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.

> Arnold Schwarzenegger pulled over by Melbourne police - for riding bike without helmet

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.

 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.

> Arnie spotted cycling on wrong side of road in 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.

> Schwarzenegger's bike ride through German train station terminated by police

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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velo-nh | 7 years ago
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He's living tissue over a metal endoskeleton.  What does he need a foam helmet for?


Pjrob | 7 years ago

I was on the helmet law protest ride. We had asked Arnie to join but was not able to make the start. He did his own protest ride instead. It would have been great if he could have made it. It was a very successful ride otherwise, possibly triple the numbers expected.

brooksby | 7 years ago

I'm pretty sure leviathan is showing a sense of humour, not having a go at Arnie.

barbarus | 7 years ago

Donald Trump has hacked leviathan's account!

Leviathan | 7 years ago

Loser ARNOLD, complete failure on Apprentice. Hiding out in Australia, seen breaking local laws. Sad or bad guy? #Hastalavista

burtthebike | 7 years ago

So even Arnie knows better than the utterly incompetent Oz politicians.  Surely it's time he terminated a few of them until the rest get some sense?

Beecho | 7 years ago

Come with me if you want two lids


Yorkshire wallet replied to Beecho | 7 years ago
Beecho wrote:

Come with me if you want two lids




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