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Cycling: Helmets

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the safety case for children to wear cycle helmets. (313813)

The Department commissioned a research project on cyclists' road safety, which included a new review of cycle helmet effectiveness.

The review concludes that, assuming cycle helmets are a good fit and worn correctly they should be effective at reducing the risk of head injury, in particular cranium fracture, scalp injury and intracranial (brain) injury for users of all ages but would be expected to be particularly effective for children.

The full review of the evidence was published on 15 December 2009 and can be found online at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme1/ppr446.pdf