Risk Compensation Analysis

Risk Compensation Analysis

The false sense of security that helmets can give to bicycle users is well-documented. Risk compensation is often said to result in riding faster and sometimes more recklessly. We undertook an independent risk compensation study to track how many times an overtaking bicycle user was wearing a helmet.

The results are interesting, if not expected: out of a sample of 3,000 overtakes, 87.5% of the time the overtaking bicycle user was wearing a helmet and only in 12.5% of cases was he/she not. We’re not trying to draw too many concrete conclusions from this data, but rather leaving it open for discussion about risk compensation and the of helmets in dense urban environments.

Year: 2013-14
Category: Research