Readiness for Community-Based Bicycle Helmet Use Programs: A Study Using Community- and Individual-Level Readiness Models

This article reports on a study that used community-level and individual-level readiness to measure support for community-based bicycle helmet use programs. The authors stress that understanding community context is as important to develop effective community-based injury prevention programs as assessing attitudes and behaviors among individuals. The authors studied readiness of a northern Colorado community toward efforts to promote bicycle helmet use and of individuals (n = 85) in that community to use bicycle helmets. They found that community readiness and individual readiness to prevent injuries through use of bicycle helmets differed across groups. Individuals who worked in safety and health and with children showed congruity between the two levels of readiness; higher knowledge and positive perceptions toward community efforts were related with more consistent bicycle helmet use. At least half of the college students had no intention to wear a bicycle helmet consistently; approximately 20 percent of the city population is college students and they tend to use bicycles frequently. The authors call for additional study on this group in order to develop appropriate safety interventions.

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  • Authors:
    • Kakefuda, Itsumi
    • Stallones, Lorann
    • Gibbs, Julie
  • Publication Date: 2008-7


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 639-643
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  • Accession Number: 01105296
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2008 3:18PM