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Bicycle helmet research : CARRS-Q monograph 5

Haworth, Narelle L., Schramm, Amy J., King, Mark J., & Steinhardt, Dale A. (2010) Bicycle helmet research : CARRS-Q monograph 5. CARRS-Q Monograph Series, Monograph 5. Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld.

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Abstract

Recent research on bicycle helmets and concerns about how public bicycle hire schemes will function in the context of compulsory helmet wearing laws have drawn media attention. This monograph presents the results of research commissioned by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to review the national and international literature regarding the health outcomes of cycling and bicycle helmets and examine crash and hospital data. It also includes critical examinations of the methodology used by Voukelatos and Rissel (2010), and estimates the likely effects of possible segmented approaches to bicycle helmet wearing legislation.

The research concludes that current bicycle helmet wearing rates are halving the number of head injuries experienced by Queensland cyclists. Helmet wearing legislation discouraged people from cycling when it was first introduced but there is little evidence that it continues to do so. Cycling has significant health benefits and should be encouraged in ways that reduce the risk of the most serious injuries. Infrastructure and speed management approaches to improving the safety of cycling should be undertaken as part of a Safe System approach, but protection of the individual by simple and cost-effective methods such as bicycle helmets should also be part of an overall package of measures.

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ID Code: 41798
Item Type: Report
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Keywords: bicycle, helmets, legislation, regulation, injuries
ISBN: 9780975159682
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2011 08:11
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2012 15:09

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