Re: [messengers] The effects of provincial bicycle helmet legislation on helmet use and bicycle ridership in Canada?

Date: 23 Aug 2010 02:01:27 +0200
From: Paul Ford <rollingcookie@xxxxxxxxxxx>


I didn't even know Alberta has a helmet law I guess if you don't enforce them they don't effect commuter levels. seems pretty straight forward.

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> Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2010 20:14:02 +1000
> From: mikeydodds@xxxxxxxxx
> To: messengers@xxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [messengers] The effects of provincial bicycle helmet legislation on helmet use and bicycle ridership in Canada?
> 
> *Whats the deal with this study making waves in Aussieland? Pretty sure i
> was almost a bike messenger in Canada up until March last year and i didn't
> notice any mandatory helmet laws. Can someone from Canada please offer some
> feedback on this article.
> 
> http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/16/4/219.abstract
> "The effects of provincial bicycle helmet legislation on helmet use and
> bicycle ridership in Canada     *
> *
> *
> *Jessica Dennis, Beth Potter, Tim Ramsay, Ryan Zarychanski*
> *
> *
> *Background*
> *Bicycle helmet legislation has been variably implemented in six of 10
> Canadian provinces. The objectives of this study were to determine the
> association between the comprehensiveness of helmet legislation and both
> helmet use and bicycle ridership. *
> *
> *
> *Methods*
> *Analysis of helmet use was based on data from the 2005 Canadian Community
> Health Survey (CCHS) and included respondents from three Canadian provinces
> (Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia). Analysis of bicycle use was based
> on data from the 2000–01, 2003, 2005, and 2007 cycles of the CCHS and
> included respondents from all provinces. In the time between the 2000–01 and
> 2007 cycles, two provinces (Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Alberta)
> implemented helmet legislation. *
> *
> *
> *Results*
> *Helmets were reportedly worn by 73.2% (95% CI 69.3% to 77.0%) of
> respondents in Nova Scotia, where legislation applies to all ages, by 40.6%
> (95% CI 39.2% to 42.0%) of respondents in Ontario, where legislation applies
> to those less than 18 years of age, and by 26.9% (95% CI 23.9% to 29.9%) of
> respondents in Saskatchewan, where no legislation exists. Though legislation
> applied to youth in both Ontario and Nova Scotia, helmet use was lower among
> youth in Ontario than among youth in Nova Scotia (46.7% (95% CI 44.1% to
> 49.4%) vs 77.5% (95% CI 70.9% to 84.1%)). Following the implementation of
> legislation in PEI and Alberta, recreational and commuting bicycle use
> remained unchanged among youth and adults. *
> *
> *
> *Conclusions*
> *Canadian youth and adults are significantly more likely to wear helmets as
> the comprehensiveness of helmet legislation increases. Helmet legislation is
> not associated with changes in ridership."*
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