October 2012

Cyclists without helmets three times more likely to die of head injury

A new research article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal finds that cyclists are three times as likely to die of a head injury if they are not wearing a helmet as those who are wearing helmets. The research, led by Navindra Persaud of the University of Toronto, used data from the recently released coroner’s review of cycling deaths in Ontario.

The authors suggest that policy changes and educational programs that increase the use of helmets while cycling may prevent deaths. See the Journal for the article.

Updated October 15, 2012