As part of its policy to improve the safety of pedal cyclists, DfT promotes the use of cycle helmets, particularly amongst children.
However, there is a wealth of published evidence both for and against promotion and compulsory use of cycle helmets, and DfT requires an independent objective critique of the most up to date evidence on the efficacy of cycle helmets.
It is also important to have up to date information on legislative measures internationally and their impact on cycling activity levels and safety.
The objectives are to :
- Provide a critical review of research and literature on the efficacy of cycle helmets. It is intended that this will provide a valuable reference source in formulating future policy and research decisions.
- Consider where and how cycle helmets are worn compulsorily and the impact of this on cycling and safety.
- Identify gaps in existing knowledge and research.