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The impact of compulsory helmet legislation on cyclist head injuries in New South Wales, Australia: A response.
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PMID:  23339779     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This article responds to criticisms made in a rejoinder (Accident Analysis and Prevention 2012, 45: 107-109) questioning the validity of a study on the impact of mandatory helmet legislation (MHL) for cyclists in New South Wales, Australia. We systematically address the criticisms through clarification of our methods, extension of the original analysis and discussion of new evidence on the population-level effects of MHL. Extensions of our analysis confirm the original conclusions that MHL had a beneficial effect on head injury rates over and above background trends and changes in cycling participation. The ongoing debate around MHL draws attention away from important ways in which both safety and participation can be improved through investment in well-connected cycling infrastructure, fostering consideration between road users, and adequate legal protection for vulnerable road users. These are the essential elements for providing a cycling environment that encourages participation, with all its health, economic and environmental benefits, while maximising safety.
Scott R Walter; Jake Olivier; Tim Churches; Raphael Grzebieta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Accident; analysis and prevention     Volume:  52C     ISSN:  1879-2057     ISO Abbreviation:  Accid Anal Prev     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254476     Medline TA:  Accid Anal Prev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  204-209     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Australia. Electronic address:
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