Helmet Wearing Among Users of a Public Bicycle- Sharing Program in the District of Columbia and Comparable Riders on Personal Bicycles

Kraemer, John D.; Roffenbender, Jason S.; Anderko, Laura
August 2012
American Journal of Public Health;Aug2012, Vol. 102 Issue 8, pe23
Academic Journal
Bicycle-sharing programs are increasingly popular and have the potential to increase physical activity and decrease air pollution, but anecdotal evidence suggests helmet use is lower among users of bicycle-sharing programs than cyclists on private bicycles. We conducted a cross-sectional study to assess helmet use among users of a bicycle-sharing program in Washington, DC. Helmet use was significantly lower among cyclists on shared bicycles than private bicycles, highlighting a need for targeted helmet promotion activities.


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