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Bicycle helmet law does not deter cyclists in Finland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. University of Helsinki, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2932-2383
Number of Authors: 22018 (English)In: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, ISSN 1369-8478, E-ISSN 1873-5517, Vol. 58, p. 1087-1090Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Bicycle helmet legislation (BHL) in Finland went into effect in January 2003 and applies to cyclists of all ages. There are no mechanisms to fine cyclists riding without a helmet; however, helmet wearing rates are 64% in Helsinki and 42% across Finland. Our aim was to discuss possible effects of BHL on cycling in Finland. We used data from the 1998/1999, 2004/2005 and 2010/2011 Finnish National Travel Surveys. Data across three surveys suggest cycling has declined from before to after BHL. In a 2004/2005 survey, however, only 0.063% (95% CI: 0.02-0.10%) of responders identified helmet use as their most important obstacle to cycling. It is unlikely BHL is a causal factor in the downward trend in Finnish cycling. Lack of cycling infrastructure and concerns for safety are much more common reasons given.

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2018. Vol. 58, p. 1087-1090
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Enforcement, Helmet, Bicycle, Surveys, Traffic law
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Psychology Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162005DOI: 10.1016/j.trf.2018.06.022ISI: 000447357900090OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162005DiVA, id: diva2:1263774
Available from: 2018-11-16 Created: 2018-11-16 Last updated: 2018-11-16Bibliographically approved

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