A COMPARISON OF THE EFFECT OF DIFFERENT BICYCLE HELMET LAWS IN 3 NEW YORK CITY SUBURBS

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of 3 different bicycle helmet laws. A direct observational study of nearly 1000 bicyclists at 20 matched sites in each of 3 contiguous counties (Rockland and Westchester in New York and Fairfield in Connecticut) was carried out. Rockland's bicycle helmet law requires approved helmets for all cyclists regardless of age; Westchester's, by state law, requires cyclists younger than 14 years to wear helmets; and Fairfield's, also by state law, requires cyclists younger than 12 years to wear helmets when riding on highways. Results show that Rockland cyclists had the highest helmet use rate (35%), followed by Westchester (24%) and Fairfield (14%) cyclists. As a subgroup, teenagers used helmets the least, a trend that was seen in all 3 counties. This study suggests a positive effect of bicycle helmet legislation with no age limitation.

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    American Public Health Association

    800 I Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001-3710
  • Authors:
    • Puder, D R
    • Visintainer, P
    • Spitzer, D
    • Casal, D
  • Publication Date: 1999-11

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00792662
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 2000 12:00AM