Effectiveness of bike helmet legislation in Canada

A bike helmet is an important piece of protective equipment, and wearing a helmet has been shown to reduce injury. One strategy to improve the rate of helmet use is to enact legislation mandating the conditions for wearing a helmet. Bike helmet legislation exists in different forms across Canada.

A Cochrane Review (1) was completed in 2009 to examine the effectiveness of legislation; does legislation reduce injuries? The results of this review suggest that it does, however, the authors note that only a small number of high quality studies exist.

1. Macpherson, A. & Spinks, A. (2009). Bike helmet legislation for the uptake of helmet use and prevention of head injuries (Review). The Cochrane Collaboration.

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