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Impact of Age, Location, and Bicycle Style on Helmet Usage by Adults
发布时间:2012-6-516:40:13来源:作者:Mark H. Ebell & Koosh Desai   

DOI: 
10.1080/15389588.2011.644255
Mark H. Ebella & Koosh Desaia 

pages 150-154
Available online: 29 Mar 2012

Keywords
Bicycling, Helmet usage, Head safety, Traffic safety

Abstract

Objective:
Our objective was to describe current patterns of bicycle helmet usage in a university community using a direct observation approach.

Participants: Cyclists in a university community observed in 2010 and 2011.

Methods: We identified 6 locations in Athens, Georgia, and recorded the type of bicycle, age group, sex, and helmet usage of passing cyclists. We performed univariate and multivariate analysis to identify independent predictors of helmet usage.

Results: We observed 433 cyclists: 74 percent male, 74 percent college age, and 45 percent of whom wore a helmet. Helmet usage varied by bicycle type, location of observation, and age group. Independent predictors of bike helmet were on-campus location (0.38, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.22–0.66), college-age rider (0.29, 95% CI: 0.15–0.54), and use of a city or leisure bike (0.39, 95% CI: 0.23–0.65).

Conclusions: College-age riders, riders on campus, and those riding a city or leisure-style bike are less likely to wear a helmet. Health promotion efforts aimed at increasing helmet usage should target these groups.


 

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