Bicycle helmet law does not deter cyclists in Finland

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Radun , I & Olivier , J 2018 , ' Bicycle helmet law does not deter cyclists in Finland ' , Transportation Research. Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour , vol. 58 , pp. 1087-1090 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2018.06.022

Title: Bicycle helmet law does not deter cyclists in Finland
Author: Radun, Igor; Olivier, Jake
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Medicum
Date: 2018-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 4
Belongs to series: Transportation Research. Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
ISSN: 1369-8478
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/310080
Abstract: Bicycle helmet legislation (BHL) in Finland went into effect in January 2003 and applies to cyclists of all ages. There are no mechanisms to fine cyclists riding without a helmet; however, helmet wearing rates are 64% in Helsinki and 42% across Finland. Our aim was to discuss possible effects of BHL on cycling in Finland. We used data from the 1998/1999, 2004/2005 and 2010/2011 Finnish National Travel Surveys. Data across three surveys suggest cycling has declined from before to after BHL. In a 2004/2005 survey, however, only 0.063% (95% CI: 0.02-0.10%) of responders identified helmet use as their most important obstacle to cycling. It is unlikely BHL is a causal factor in the downward trend in Finnish cycling. Lack of cycling infrastructure and concerns for safety are much more common reasons given. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: Enforcement
Helmet
Bicycle
Surveys
Traffic law
RIDERSHIP
EFFICACY
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