No such assessment has been made. However, the Department for Transport has commissioned a research project looking at a range of road safety and cycling issues. A review of the evidence base on the effects of helmet wearing legislation, other interventions to increase helmet wearing, and helmet use statistics will also be examined. A report is due to be published later this year.
There are no set targets for cycle helmet wearing rates for children. However, we encourage the use of cycle helmets and measure cycle helmet wearing rates periodically.
Cycle helmet wearing rate studies were undertaken in 1994, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006. The 2006 wearing rate survey, which was published in February 2008, shows that cycle helmet rates on major built-up roads for children increased from 14 per cent in 2004 to 18 per cent in 2006. Data from the 2008 wearing rate survey are due to be published later this year.
The Department for Transport has commissioned research on a range of cycle safety issues, which includes identifying good practice in encouraging use of cycle helmets.
This research project commenced in 2008 and is likely to run for three years but we are aiming to complete the review of cycle helmet effectiveness later this year.