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User friendly bicycle helmet for commuters

Kuklane, Kalev LU and Heidmets, Sixten Sebastian (2013) International Cycling Safety Conference
Abstract
The number of adult bicycle helmet users in Sweden has stayed over the years relatively stable around 20 % [1]. In Europe the number of helmet users varies between 1 and 40 % depending on country. Research has shown that the use of helmet considerably diminishes head injuries in the case of traffic accidents [2]. In spite of that it is not fully clear what are the main factors why only a small number of bicyclists use a helmet. In order to raise awareness of helmet use and improve traffic safety COST Action supported a European initiative “Towards safer bicycling through optimization of bicycle helmets and usage”.

Why helmet use is not popular? Several reasons could be pointed out: design, destroys the hair style, attitudes... (More)
The number of adult bicycle helmet users in Sweden has stayed over the years relatively stable around 20 % [1]. In Europe the number of helmet users varies between 1 and 40 % depending on country. Research has shown that the use of helmet considerably diminishes head injuries in the case of traffic accidents [2]. In spite of that it is not fully clear what are the main factors why only a small number of bicyclists use a helmet. In order to raise awareness of helmet use and improve traffic safety COST Action supported a European initiative “Towards safer bicycling through optimization of bicycle helmets and usage”.

Why helmet use is not popular? Several reasons could be pointed out: design, destroys the hair style, attitudes against helmet use, nowhere to put, too warm etc. Often the initial complaints are related to heat [3]. In cold additional insulation from the helmet may be a positive factor while compatibility issues may rise.

As the professional bicyclists and most training/competing amateurs do wear the helmets then the aim for traffic safety should be increasing helmet use among commuters and bicyclists who do it just for fun. Therefore a project was initiated where main issue was to reduce initial thermal disturbance from a bicycle helmet while keeping in mind visibility, protection aspects, look, issues related to wearing comfort etc.

Some relevant factors to be considered are:

• The motion speeds of commuters would stay on average around 15 km/h (4.2 m/s) with average high speed not much above 20 km/h.

• Aerodynamics and placement of the vents and air channels.

• The effect of hair should not be underestimated – these may fill air channels with very effective insulation material. (Less)
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Why helmet use is not popular? Several reasons could be pointed out: design, destroys the hair style, attitudes against helmet use, nowhere to put, too warm etc. Often the initial complaints are related to heat [3]. In cold additional insulation from the helmet may be a positive factor while compatibility issues may rise.<br/><br>
As the professional bicyclists and most training/competing amateurs do wear the helmets then the aim for traffic safety should be increasing helmet use among commuters and bicyclists who do it just for fun. Therefore a project was initiated where main issue was to reduce initial thermal disturbance from a bicycle helmet while keeping in mind visibility, protection aspects, look, issues related to wearing comfort etc.<br/><br>
Some relevant factors to be considered are:<br/><br>
• The motion speeds of commuters would stay on average around 15 km/h (4.2 m/s) with average high speed not much above 20 km/h.<br/><br>
• Aerodynamics and placement of the vents and air channels.<br/><br>
• The effect of hair should not be underestimated – these may fill air channels with very effective insulation material.},
  author       = {Kuklane, Kalev and Heidmets, Sixten Sebastian},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {4},
  title        = {User friendly bicycle helmet for commuters},
  year         = {2013},
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