While on a trip Down Under, Arnold Schwarzenegger took to two wheels around the city of Melbourne, but didn't remember his helmet

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger fell foul of the law on his recent trip to Australia, having been pulled over by police for cycling without a helmet in Melbourne.

Helmets are compulsory in the city but the former Governor of California chose to go bare-headed as he picked up one of Melbourne’s hire bikes.

The Terminator star was Down Under for the annual Arnold Body Building Classic on Saturday and even made an appearance at the Formula One grand prix at Albert Park the following day.

Arnie is a reportedly a keen cyclist and jumped on two wheels to get around Melbourne at the weekend, even surprising a group of young riders by stopping for a photo with them.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger meets young cyclists in Melbourne (Photo: Facebook)

Arnold Schwarzenegger meets young cyclists in Melbourne (Photo: Facebook)

“I saw a group of cyclists riding ahead of me and we just went up to do a routine intercept,” Senior Constable Robert Gillson told Fairfax Media on Tuesday.

“Then we noticed that Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the crowd.

“We spoke to him briefly and had a little chat with him about the reason why I pulled him over.”

The officer confirmed that the Austrian-born actor had not been fined for his infraction, but was advised to pop into a corner shop to pick up a cheap helmet.

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Schwarzenegger is not the only big name to be caught out by Melbourne’s strict helmet laws, with London Mayor, Boris Johnson, also making the mistake in 2013.

  • Ryan Wakenshaw

    He made the mistake in Melbourne as the sentence clearly states…

  • Riggah

    Indeed it is. We were duped into believing that compulsory helmets were part of a whole range of measures to make cycling safer. But as soon as the helmet law was passed, they conveniently forgot about the other measures. And like hundreds of other road rules, the helmet law is widely ignored.

  • dbb

    is it controversial there?

  • Francis Plum

    was he really the MAYOR of California? or the Governor!

  • WDG

    It has to be said that a compulsory helmet law rather defeats the object of the hire bike scheme in my eyes.

  • Chad

    “Schwarzenegger is not the only big name to
    be caught out by Melbourne’s strict helmet laws, with London Mayor,
    Boris Johnson, also making the mistake in 2013.”

    There are no bike helmet laws in the UK, no mistake was made. Who are we kidding anyway? Arnie doesn’t make mistakes.

  • Jdog

    Governor of California.

  • Riggah

    “But officer, I am so hard dat de asphalt should be wearing da helmet!”
    But really, Melbourne drivers must be the worst in Australia, phone use is endemic and even the concept of keeping left is a problem for them. There don’t appear to be any road rules there. But the Melbourne police have the resources to enforce a controversial and ill-conceived bicycle helmet law? Seems that they need to take a closer look at their priorities.