Cykelhjälmsanvändning i Sverige 1988-2015: 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 2015 on behalf of the Swedish Transport Administration. The 2015 study, in line with previous studies, focused on four main categories of cyclists

  1. children (0–10 years) who cycle in their spare time in residential areas
  2. children (6–15 years) who cycle to/from their primary or secondary school
  3. adults (≥ 16 years) who cycle to/from work
  4. 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 statistics for 2015 are based on observations of a total of 65,600 cyclists in the four main categories.

The results show that children ≤ 10 years cycling in residential areas on average wear a cycle helmet at 74 per cent. Children cycling to/from primary or secondary school (6–15 years old) wear a bicycle helmet on a lesser scale, at about 65 per cent. However the rate differs greatly, nearly 44 per cent in secondary school (children 13–15 years old) and 86 per cent in primary school (children 6–12 years old). Among adults who cycle to/from work, the usage rate is 31 per cent. The use is significantly larger in big cities (Stockholm and Gothenburg) than in the other.

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