Bicyclists, helmets and head injuries: a rider-based study of helmet use and effectiveness

Am J Public Health. 1988 Sep;78(9):1220-1. doi: 10.2105/ajph.78.9.1220.


We interviewed 516 bicyclists over age 10 regarding helmet use and head injuries. Although 19 per cent owned helmets, only 8 per cent were wearing them when interviewed. Riders wearing helmets were more highly educated and reported higher car seat belt use. Nearly 4 per cent of the bicyclists reported striking their heads in a cycling mishap during the previous 18 months; those wearing helmets at the time of the mishap were less likely to have sustained head injuries.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Bicycling*
  • Child
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / prevention & control*
  • Data Collection
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Head Protective Devices*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Protective Devices*
  • Sports*