Promotion of bicycle helmet use among schoolchildren: a randomized clinical trial

Can J Public Health. 1991 Mar-Apr;82(2):92-4.


Although bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the rates of head injuries and brain injuries from bicycle mishaps, use of helmets is very uncommon. We compared a comprehensive awareness program to increase bicycle helmet use among schoolchildren to the impact of that same awareness program plus a bicycle helmet subsidy. Results showed no impact of the educational program (no children observed riding to school wore helmets before or after the program). The proportion of helmet wearers at the school that obtained the subsidy increased from 0% to 22% (p = 0.036). An educational program in conjunction with a subsidy may have a significant impact on bicycle helmet use.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Bicycling / injuries*
  • Child
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / prevention & control*
  • Head Protective Devices*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Ontario / epidemiology