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Bicycle helmets - a review of their effectiveness: a critical review of the literature

Road Safety Research Report No 30

Towner, Dowswell, Burkes, Dickinson & Hayes. Department for Transport, London, November 2002.

Original report

 

Independent commentaries

In addition to the BHRF commentary below, the following two reviews have been made of this paper:

BHRF Commentary

This report is cited by the UK Department for Transport as providing 'considerable scientific evidence' of the effectiveness of cycle helmets, and the justification for controversial helmet promotion policies.

Independent analysts, however, have criticised it strongly, as much for what it omits as what it contains. The review is highly selective in the evidence considered, makes no reference at all to so much that is crucially relevant, and does not show in any way how its conclusions follow from the evidence that is presented.

Key criticisms include: