Injury Topics

Bicycles and Helmets

Wearing a protective helmet is one behavior change that makes many recreational activities safer. HIPRC investigators, working with colleagues at Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, have conducted the largest study to date on the circumstances of bicycle helmets and the protective effect of helmets. Working with the records of 3,390 bicyclists who were injured or died during a 28-month period, we found that helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent, brain injury by 65 percent, and severe injury by 74 percent. A community coalition worked together to promote the use of bicycle helmets, leading to a significant increase in helmet use, and serving as a model for similar campaigns around the country.

Bicycle and Helmet Publications

Bicycle and Helmet Web Sites

Bicycle and Helmet Best Practices