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

Date: 23 Aug 2010 02:08:00 +0200
From: zxmessenger@xxxxxxxxxxx


Law in Alberta is only For under the age of 18. Was a good fight back in 06 I think when they passed legislation here. Argument was it would limit adult riding participation and they won. 

BikerBill
Edmonton

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On 2010-08-22 18:05:13 -0600 Paul Ford <rollingcookie@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

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> 
> 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.
> 
> Cookie
> 
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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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