Is there evidence to support the risk compensation hypothesis for bicycle helmet use?
Keywords: Personal Protection – Helmets, Clothing, etc., Statistical, Epidemiology and Other Road Safety Research Methods, Bicyclists, Cycling Issues
Submission Date: 2018 Conference: ARSC
A long-standing argument against bicycle helmet use is the risk compensation hypothesis. Multiple studies have examined the effect of bicycle helmet use on risky behaviour showing mixed findings. There have been no systematic reviews on bicycle helmet use and risky compensation to date. The current systematic review includes peer-reviewed literature studies conducted across eight countries. The findings of this study shed light on the potential association between bicycle helmet wearing and risky behaviour.