Cykelhjälmsanvändning i Sverige 1988–-2012: resultat från VTI:s senaste observationsstudie

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Jörgen Larsson

Since 1988 VTI has performed annual observation studies of cyclists´ helmet wearing habits in 21 towns in Sweden. Below is a summary of the observations conducted in 2012 on behalf of the Swedish Transport Administration. The 2012 study, in line with previous studies, focused on four main categories of cyclists:

• Children (0–10 years) who cycle in their spare time in residential areas

• Children (6–15 years) who cycle to/from their primary or secondary school

• Adults (? 16 years) who cycle to/from work

• Adults (? 16 years) and children who cycle on Cycle Routes.

The majority of the observations were performed during the first two weeks of September. The 2012 study observed a total of 54,060 cyclists in 21 towns in the four main categories. The results show that children ? 10 years cycling in residential areas on average wear a cycle helmet at about 70 per cent. Children cycling to/from primary or secondary school (6–15 years old) wear a bicycle helmet on a lesser scale, at 59.4 per cent. However the rate differs greatly, 34.4 per cent in secondary school (children 13–15 years old) and 84.5 per cent in primary school (children 6–12 years old).

Among adults who cycle to/from work, the usage rate is just over 24 per cent. Most cyclists were observed on Cycle Routes and the results include all ages as well as adults only. The total number of cyclists on Cycle Routes displayed slightly higher helmet usage (31.1%) than the subset of adults (29.9%). The weighted average rate of helmet use seen over all categories in 2012, soared to the highest ever.

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