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  • Cycle helmet laws significantly reduce fatalities and injuries in children

    Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have shown that cycle helmet laws are associated with significantly lower fatality and injury rates in children under 16 who have been involved in cycle-motor vehicle incidents.

    The study analysed more than 11,000 records from motor vehicle crashes between 1999 and 2010. In the United States, detailed data is recorded about serious vehicle incidents, including its location and other factors such as blood alcohol levels of the driver and helmet use of adults and children who may be involved. With many states having mandatory helmet laws for children, the researchers cross-referenced the incident details with its location to judge the effect of helmet legislation.

    The study found that in the states with helmet laws, after compensating for other factors, there was a reduction of 20% in death and and injury for children under 16 who were involved in a cycle-motor vehicle incident. These results show that having laws in place directly contributes to increased safety of young cyclists, with researchers theorising that legislation makes it much easier for parents to adhere to best practice guidelines.

  • New name and logo

    After 16 years as The Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust the charity has launched its new name and logo. The new name The Cycle-Smart Foundation reflects the fact that the charity covers all aspects of safer cycling for children – not just helmets.

    Angela Lee, the charity’s founder and chief executive, said: “The name - The Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust - served the charity well for 16 years but The Cycle-Smart Foundation is much snappier and young people identify with the word smart as in terms of smart technology and smart TV. Our focus will still be helmets but we will also continue to encompass all aspects of safer cycling for example high visibility clothing, bike lights, cycle training and bicycle maintenance.”  The charity has set targets for the next 3 years and will further expand school and parent safety programmes.

  • New independent expert report says cycle helmets are effective

    A new report by the Transport Research Laboratory has concluded that if worn correctly and a good fit, cycle helmets are effective at reducing the risk of head injury.

    The report, which was commissioned by the States Assembly of Jersey, said cycle helmets would be expected to be effective in a range of accidents including falls over handlebars and another vehicle glancing a cyclist or tipping them over causing their head to strike the ground.

    The report also concluded that cycle helmets are particularly effective for children because children are smaller and therefore do not fall as far as adults.

    The report found no evidence of an increased risk of rotational head injury with a helmet compared to without a helmet (TRL Report PPR 697. TRL Report PPR 446 and PPR 697 can be found at: www.trl.co.uk/library/reports_publications/

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    https://www.headway.org.uk/Core/DownloadDoc.aspx?documentID=3726

  • Arguments against Helmet Legislation are flawed

    Common arguments against cycle helmet legislation are considered in this report published in the British Medical Journal in 2006 

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1410864/

  • Figures from the Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV) show child cyclists are most at risk from head/brain injuries

    The Netherlands remain one of the safest countries in the world in which to cycle thanks to the significant investment that has been made in cycling infrastructure. However the report published in The Netherlands by SWOV goes onto consider that

    • Of the cyclists with serious injury who are admitted to hospital following a crash with motorized traffic, almost half (47%) are diagnosed with head/brain injury. After crashes not involving motorized traffic this is the diagnosis for just under one third (29%) of the cyclists.

    • Proportionally, head/brain injury occurs most frequently among children and youths. In crashes with motorized traffic more than 60% of the young seriously injured cyclists (0-17 years old) have sustained head/brain injury, compared with an average of 47%; in the case of crashes not involving motorized traffic

    • Approximately three-quarters of all head/brain injury sustained by cyclists are the consequence of crashes not involving motorized traffic (n=2,229). For young children (0-5 years old) as many as nine out of ten head/brain injuries are the consequence of bicycle crashes not involving motor vehicles. These are mostly cyclist-only crashes, i.e. crashes without another road user being involved,

    The report concludes that helmets are particularly effective for preventing head and brain injury amongst child cyclists.


    SWOV Fact Sheet 2012

  • Jersey introduces cycle helmet law

    In October 2014 it became compulsory for children aged 13 years and under to wear a cycle helmet whilst riding a bicycle on a road or cycle track.

    It is the first law of its kind be passed in any jurisdiction in the British Isles and follows a vote in the States Assembly of Jersey on July 17th 2014.

    The proposition to introduce a cycle helmet law on the island was first property by Deputy Andrew Green MBE in 2010.

    He said: “I have been a passionate proponent of cycle helmets for more than two decades. Twenty six years ago our nine-year-old son, Christopher, was knocked off a friend’s bike. He was not wearing a helmet and sustained a severe brain injury. His life and ours changed forever in an instant.

    “It’s surely now time that the children of the UK are given the same protection as children in Jersey and numerous other countries across the world.”

    This report published by the TRL demonstrates the reasoning behind the legislation.

    https://www.headway.org.uk/Core/DownloadDoc.aspx?documentID=3725

  • New German study demonstrates that wearing a cycle helmet decreases the severity of head/brain injury

    The study was presented at the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury in 2014.

    The authors considered cases of cycling injury from 2 major hospitals in Germany. Amongst those who wore helmets the serverity of head/brain injury was much lower.

     - of cyclists wearing a helmet who had received a head injury, less than 3% had suffered a skull fracture or cerebral damage

    - of those cyclists not wearing a helmet who had received a head injury, nearly 10% had suffered a skull fracture or cerebral damage

    Head Injuries in Bicyclists and Associated Crash Characteristics, Axel Malczyk, Klaus Bauer, Christian Juhra, Sylvia Schick, 2014

  • Child Accident Prevention Trust

    The work of the Cycle-Smart Foundation has been noted by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) in this recent article


    http://www.capt.org.uk/who-we-are/news/safety-signpost-cycle-smart-foundation-campaigning-safer-cycling-children

  • Cycling to take more prominent stage in infrastructure planning

    The Government is to consider cycling as "a legitimate form of transport" and place it on an equal footing with cars and trains according to the Times Newspaper

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article4331991.ece

  • The Cycle-Smart Foundation win European Road Safety Award

    We are delighted to announce that the work of the charity in helping prevent child cycling injuries has been recognized by the European Commission via an Excellence in Road Safety Award


    http://ec.europa.eu/transport/media/news/2015-02-04-ers-charters-awards_en.htm

  • Dutch Road Safety Foundation (SWOV) encourages children to wear cycle helmets

    In a bid to decrease the number of  deaths and injuries sustained by cyclists in the Netherlands, the Dutch government commissioned a report by SWOV.  Amongst it's findings SWOV has suggested that helmet wearing be made compulsory for child cyclists. SWOV has highlighted that 

    - One third of cyclists  admitted to hospital with serious injury after a traffic crash are diagnosed with head/brain injury 

    - Approximately three-quarters of these cyclists sustain this head/brain injury in crashes not involving a motor vehicle. 

    - As many as nine out of ten young children who sustain head/brain injury, do so in crashes not involving a motor vehicle. In the majority of cases these are bicycle-only crashes. 


    While it is not expected that the Dutch government will implement a law that makes it compulsory for child cyclists to wear a helmet, Minister of Infrastructure Melanie Schultz van Haegen has stated that she will be looking at ways to actively encourage children to wear helmets while cycling.

    http://www.swov.nl/index_uk.htm

  • Cycle-Smart Foundation releases new fun book for children

    A NEW Fun Book for young cyclists has been published by The Cycle-Smart Foundation.

    Featuring a range of puzzles and activities, the A5 full colour booklet has already proved popular with young cyclists.

    Amongst the puzzles it features are a word search, spot the difference and match the helmet. There is also an activity to test their knowledge of road signs and parts of the bicycle and a maze to see if they can find the safe way to cycle from school to home.

    Angela Lee, the Foundation’s founder and Chief Executive, said: “Children learn so much through play and by doing fun activities. This booklet has been specially designed to help young cyclists aged five to 10 learn some of the basics of safer cycling whilst at the same time having fun.”

    The booklet also includes a cycling quiz and a10 top cycling tips as well as where to find more information about cycle training.

  • New leaflet on safer cycling for teenagers

    The Cycle-Smart Foundation has produced a new safer cycling leaflet for older children and teenagers.

    Called “Get ahead, get a helmet!” the A5 full colour leaflet is aimed at cyclists aged 10 to 15 and it covers all aspects of safer cycling from how to fit a cycle helmet correctly to the importance of being seen by using bike lights and wearing high visibility clothing.

    It also urges youngsters to get cycle training and to make sure they check their bikes regularly, in particular, the brakes and lights.

    Angela Lee, the charity’s founder and Chief Executive, said: “By the time children get to secondary school they frequently face a lot of peer pressure not to wear a helmet and this leaflet has been designed to help them understand why it is so important to wear one.

    “It is also makes it clear there are other measures they can take to help protect themselves like not wearing headphones whilst they are cycling and if it helps to save just one life this leaflet has been a success.”

  • New DVD featuring BBC Sports Presenter Mike Bushell realeased

    A NEW DVD featuring the sports presenter Mike Bushell has been produced by The Cycle-Smart Foundation specially for parents and carers.

    Called “Is Your Child Cycle-Smart?”, the DVD is a visual guide for parents and carers to enable them to understand how they can help their children become safer cyclists.

    Mike Bushell guides parents through all the steps they can take including cycle training, how to fit a cycle helmet correctly, the psychology of wearing a cycle helmet and the benefits of cycling.

    There is also a basic bike maintenance guide included on the DVD to help parents and their children learn how to look after their bikes.

    Angela Lee, the charity’s founder and chief executive, said: “Parents are keen for their children to cycle because they know there are great health and environmental benefits attached to cycling but they are worried that their children won’t be safe.

    “This new DVD is the perfect visual guide covering every aspect of safer cycling from cycle training, to how to fit a helmet correctly, the right clothing to wear and how to look after your bike.”

  • Cycle Helmets are life savers, study claims

    A report from University College Dublin states that cycle helmets offer signifcant protection. 

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/cycling-helmets-are-life-savers-study-claims-31583968.html