Here are some interesting
observations from the Department for Transport website:
Cycling Helmets - how wearing the correct
headgear can help save lives.
Wearing Cycle helmets can reduce the
severity of head injuries. Research by the Transport Research
Laboratory in 1994 provided international evidence of this
A report by the British Medical Association
(Cycle Helmets, June 1999) strongly recommended them and urged
government, health and cycling organisations to promote them.
The wearing rate in Great Britain is about 18%.
At this level making helmets compulsory
would cause enforcement difficulties and without greater public
acceptance could have an effect on levels of cycling.
We will monitor wearing rates and review the
option of compulsory wearing from time to time but strive to
advance through persuasion. "We recommend cycle helmets in the
Highway Code, the Highway Code for Young Road Users and the
National Cycling Forum's leaflet, Safety Framework for Cycling.
Together with the Department of Health.
We are supporting the Bicycle Helmet
Initiative Trust pilot project and promoting helmets to children
in our own publicity campaigns (see Chapter 2, Safer for
Helmets designed and marketed for children
are zero-rated for VAT. Find out more
useful cycling advice