Bicycle helmet wearing in a sample of urban disadvantaged primary school children

This article examines the self-reported use of bicycle helmets among urban disadvantaged primary school children in Dublin, Ireland. 314 children (aged 8-13 years) were sampled on their use of helmets when riding bicycles. 50.4% of respondents reported never wearing helmets, indicating that helmet-wearing is not widespread. Older children were less likely to engage in the practice than younger children, (67% of 12-13 year olds vs. 38% of 8-9 year olds reporting not wearing helmets), and girls were more likely to wear helmets than boys. The study also found that 93% of the children wore mandatory seatbelts, and the authors suggest that their findings contribute to the debate on mandatory protective headgear for cyclists.


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  • Accession Number: 01485360
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 1 2013 9:54AM