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Do we all need MIPS helmets?

Bikeshare programs and helmets: new study.

At last, a fun helmet safety video.

Helmets for 2014.

DOT has new safety instruction materials

Should I wear a helmet?


Quick Answers

Quick Answers!
Fast info for Frequently Asked Questions.

Buying a helmet?
Our Buyer's Guide to Bicycle Helmets

Helmets for 2014
Our report on this year's helmets.

Cheap vs. Expensive Helmets
Lab tests showed no difference in impact protection.

Do shared bicycle rental users need helmets?
Our advice on riding rental bikes.

How to fit a helmet
How to get all the protection you paid for.

Toolkit for helmet programs and teachers
Resources, statistics, pamphlets, videos, more.

The Media Room
Quote of the Day and how to quote our other text

Teachers and student teachers
Classroom materials

Helmets Made Simple
If our pages seem hard to read, try this.


New Stuff



Morpher folding helmet and other folders
Needed for bike share programs, but must meet CPSC.

Bicycling article is misleading
Recommendations based on technology, not performance

Boston crash study indicates helmets help
Helmeted cyclists underrepresented in emergency rooms.

British Study on passing clearance.
2013 Re-analysis confirms our belief that data was misinterpreted.

Preview of Helmets for 2014.
Our notes from the Interbike trade show, September 2013.

Pulp Helmets
Can a cheap, disposable helmet be made of pulp?

Helmet damage sensors and indicators.
Most are not really concussion indictors.

Unusual head shapes.
Difficulties finding helmets that fit.

ASTM improves bicycle helmet standard
ASTM adds variable mass headforms to F1447

A visit to the CPSC helmet testing lab
A photo tour of CPSC's new helmet test facility.

CPSC complaints database has a helmet case
Case illustrates good and bad features of the database.

British Medical Journal poll opposes helmet laws
Some believe requirement will reduce cycling in the UK.

Danish iconoclast deplores helmets
Video paints helmet promotion as evil.

Should I wear a helmet?
Would you believe our advice?

Cardboard helmets?
The Kranium's designer attempts to break new ground.

Are Ribcaps OK for cycling?
They do not provide the protection you need.

Are Raskullz OK for kids?
Cute, but we don't recommend them.

Where can I report a helmet defect?
On March 11 CPSC opened up a new place to post your problems.

Testing products that can attack helmets
BHSI is testing hair products, sunscreens, repellants.

Free helmet offer is bogus!
BHSI did not call you and offer helmets!

Shared bicycle programs/cycle hire schemes.
Rentals always pose helmet questions.

Hövding airbag headgear
Not a real helmet, too early to tell

NYU study does not expose hidden danger in foams.
University PR department gets headline wrong.

The Consumer Reports blog featured us.
A nice article on our founder, Randy Swart.

What's New
What we have added or modified recently.

Our latest email newsletter
The Helmet Update.


Helmets

Helmets for the 2014 season
Our report on helmets for the current year.

Cheap vs. Expensive Helmets
Lab tests showed no difference in impact protection.

Consumer Reports has a page up on Kid's helmets.
Most are rated Good for impact protection.

Helmet recalls
All CPSC helmet compliance actions since 1995.

Types of helmets
Road, mountain, downhill, skate, chrono

Helmet terms and definitions
Meanings for the helmet terms we use.

Folding helmets
Few folding models are available.

Plastics in your helmet?
Helmet plastics are probably not a cause for concern.

Cheap helmets!
Sources of helmets for promotion campaigns.

Yard sale helmets
Should I buy a used helmet at a yard sale?

Full Face helmets
Do you want facial protection?

Very large helmets
Our advice for riders with very large heads.

Very small helmets
Why can't I find a helmet small enough?

Helmets for unusually-shaped heads
Our advice for riders with unusually-shaped heads.

Hairstyles and baseball caps
Baseball caps, pony tails, beads, braids, "helmet hair"

Do-rags and head covers under helmets
Does a head cover affect helmet fit?

One-size-fits-all helmets
Can ring fit systems fit your head?

Vents and squared-off lines
You can have too many vents in your helmet!

Visors: good and bad experience
How to report shattered or snagged visors

The helmet industry
Industry news on a few of the manufacturers.

Bell's True Fit system is worth a look
System simplifies the fitting process.

How to Fit a Helmet
How to fit a helmet for best protection.

Helmet fit checklist
How to make sure your fitting worked.

Helmet sizing
How to measure your head for a helmet.

Winter helmets
Warm headgear for winter commuting and riding.

Giving a helmet as a present.
May not be a simple task.

Reflective helmets
Should you add reflective tape to your helmet?

Stickers on helmets
Should you add stickers to your helmet?

Painting helmets
Can you paint a helmet?

Other helmets
Ski, soccer, skating, equestrian and more.

Multi-purpose helmets
Can't I just use the same helmet for everything?

Helmets for motorbikes and scooters
Why a bicycle helmet is not ok for motor vehicles.

Crash stories
Stories where the helmet worked.

Other crashes
Helmet, no helmet or non-bicycle. These are downers.

When can I ride again?
Ask your doctor before riding after a crash.

Response to "truck ran over cyclist's head"
A helmet can help, but will crush if squarely run over.

Helmet damage sensors and indicators.
Most are not really concussion indictors.


Children

Consumer Reports has a page up on Kid's helmets.
Most are rated Good for impact protection.

Taking your baby along?
Helmets, trailers, childseats and shaken babies.

Very small toddler helmets
Helmets for toddlers with very small heads.

Very large toddler helmets
Helmets for toddlers with very large heads.

What size is my child's head?
How to measure.

Getting My Child to Wear A Helmet
Ten ideas for encouraging your kids to use helmets.

Why kids don't like to wear helmets.
Reasons the kids give when asked.

Warning: No helmets on playgrounds!
Advice after deaths of two helmeted children.

Helmets for poor kids
Factors affecting promotion in poor neighborhoods

Hairstyles and baseball caps
Baseball caps, pony tails, beads, braids, "helmet hair"

Lice! Headlice can be a problem
Cleaning helmets for rentals and schools

Kids in Dublin Ohio mount bike safety campaign.
Lots of energy, new ideas as kids conduct their own program.


Special Helmets

Helmets for teens
"My teen won't wear a helmet!"

Helmets on campus
Is a college brain worth protecting?

Helmets for seniors
Does an older brain need different protection?

Helmets with Hearing Aids
Where to put a hearing aid and how to deal with sweat

Helmets for special needs
Suggestions for developmental disabilities and seizures

Helmets for head injured riders
What to wear if you have a previous injury.

Helmets for bald riders
Avoiding tan lines and other tips.

Helmets for very small adult heads
Why look like a mushroom?

Helmets for police
Helmets for police officers, with police graphics

Helmets for bicycle polo
What you need to protect your head in cycle polo

Helmets for time trialing
Chrono helmets with extreme aero shapes

Helmets for shared bicycle programs
Cycle hire schemes pose particular helmet problems.

Rental helmets
Rentals need easy fit, sanitization and damage indicators

Helmets and turbans
How can a Sikh wear a bicycle helmet?


Standards

Bicycle Helmet Standards
Our quick summary of bike helmet standards.

Standards for bicycle helmets
The long version: ASTM, ANSI, Snell, CPSC, CEN and others.

Short helmet standard comparison chart
The short standards comparison chart.

Detailed Standards Comparison
Longer, detailed item-by-item comparison.

The ideal helmet standard
Our idea of the perfect bicycle helmet standard.

Making progress in standards
What is needed for further standards improvement.

ASTM improves bicycle helmet standard
ASTM adds variable mass headforms to F1447

Helmet performance limits
How much a helmet can take and keep on protecting.

Helmet testing
How helmets are tested in the lab.

Helmet test labs
Labs who test helmets or supply test equipment.

ASTM headgear subcommittee section
Materials from ASTM F8.53 subcommittee.

ANSI Z90.4 Committee - Inactive list.
ANSI replaced the Z90.4 standard with the ASTM standard.


Maintenance and Repairs

How to inspect a helmet
The points to check, and a checklist.

Replacing a helmet
Our advice on when to replace your helmet.

Repairing a helmet
How to fix your helmet when it comes unglued.

Replacing a buckle
Can you find a replacement buckle? Maybe!

Threading straps through a buckle
Illustrations and photos to help you rethread.

Recycling helmets
What to do with your faithful old helmet.


Construction and Design

How Helmets Work
Basics on construction and testing standards

How bicycle helmets are made
A summary of manufacturing steps

Bicycle helmet foams
Info on EPS, EPP, EPU and more.

Molded-in-the-shell helmets
It can make better helmets, but not necessarily.

Buckles
Most are one basic design, but there are others.

Sliding resistance
Rounder helmets help you slide on impact

Helmet Cooling
Info on ventilation and cooler riding.

Helmet Designers
Our short list of indepedent helmet designers.


Statistics and Research

Helmet and Injury statistics
They don't agree, so take your pick!

New York City data on bicycle deaths
NYC found 97% of dead cyclists had no helmet.

Journal articles and Studies on helmets
Links to scientific journal articles and studies on helmets.

Helmet documents
Materials we have scanned in or downloaded.

Helmet construction and materials
Helmet design for students and researchers.

Researchers' page
Info for a thesis or a science project.

Designers' page
Info for a helmet design project.

Term papers on bike helmets
Where to find the info to write a term paper

A workshop on bike helmets
Points to cover when you do a workshop.

Helmet Patents
Some significant patents and how to find others.

Advice for Inventors
We are interested in new helmet technology.

The cost of making a bike helmet
Our guesses on manufacturing and sales costs.

The total market for bike helmets
How many helmets are sold each year?


Helmet Laws

Mandatory helmet laws
States, counties, cities, positions, opponents.

Studies on mandatory helmet laws
Journal articles and studies on helmet law effectiveness.

Australian paper on helmet laws is misleading
Helmet laws normally do not reduce cycling here.

Issues from the usenet "helmet wars"
Our slant on the endless helmet law arguments.

Importing bicycle helmets to the US
Just a start on the regulations that apply for importing bike helmets.


Media

The Media Room
Quote of the Day and how to quote our other text

Washington Post article based on faulty study.
Reporters can't find a real helmet issue, so . . .

Examiner article perhaps the worst ever?
What we do when we see one of those.

New York Times Article
"Head Injuries Piling Up?" Times' reputation sinking?

Media coverage with unsafe riders
Messages to the media from the outraged.

Crash!
NYU study does not expose hidden danger in foams.
Another university PR department gets headline wrong.


Beyond Helmets: essential safety stuff

National Strategies for Bicycle Safety.
An attempt to fix all of the problems!

Rider education
Our pamphlet on teaching kids, plus links.

Lights on Helmets
Headlights and taillights mounted on helmets can be useful.

Other bike safety equipment
Gloves, mouthguards, lights, flags, tires, more.

Bike Safety Month
When is bike safety day, week or month.

Who We Are


Welcome! We are the helmet advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. We are a small, active, non-profit consumer-funded program providing bicycle helmet information. We try to explain the technology of helmets to consumers, and promote better helmets through improved standards. Last year we served 3.1 million pages to more than 975,000 distinct users. Our volunteers serve on the ASTM helmet standards committee and are active in commenting on actions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. We are members of the National Bicycle Safety Network. We provide a Toolkit of materials for helmet programs and a periodic email helmet newsletter, both free. We are all volunteers, funded entirely by consumer donations. We maintain our independence by never accepting funds from the industry. As much as we believe in helmets we still consider them a secondary safety measure and urge that primary measures such as safer roads and education programs for riders and drivers not be neglected. We were founded in 1989, and put up our web site in 1995.

Our FAQ: can you trust this site?
Where we came from, what we do and how.

Some nice words from Consumer Reports
BHSI's founder named Safety Crusader.

Swart receives ASTM's Hulse Memorial Award
Recognition for BHSI's work on helmet standards.

Swart receives ASTM's Award of Merit
Highest ASTM award for standards committee work. Photo, Swart on right..

Our Program
What we hope to accomplish this year.

How to support our work!
We are funded 100% by consumer donations.

What we need today
Graphics, crossword or teaching skills?

How we run our site
Our philosophy, design, page hits and more.

Promises, promises
What we hope to add to our site some day.

How to cite our pages
Citing us in footnotes for scholarly papers.


What we can do for you

Our publications
Newsletter, pamphlets, list of laws, more.

Our email newsletter
The Helmet Update, our periodic free newsletter.
Between news events, check our Briefs.

Media guidance
Quotes and a few rules on quoting our site.

Webmaster guidance
You can quote us but not use our pages.

Access to our data
Web, email, telephone, postal mail.

Teachers, educators, scout leaders, workshops, rodeos.
Check out our resources, including lesson plans.

Bike shop owners - We encourage you to use our pamphlets.
We provide free duplicating masters.


Search our Site

Search our site.
Finds anything on our site.

A Map of our site.
A page by page map in outline form.


Links

Helmet links
Links to other helmet-related pages.

Head Injury Survivors
Links to people who have survived a head injury.

Graphical pages for young riders
Want graphics? Comics? Superheroes?

Our links policy
When we add a non-helmet bicycle link.


Translate Our Pages


Feedback

Problems With Our Site?

Here is a page of tips on problems.

We care about making our content accessible!

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Here is how a spoofer sent you that message.
Virus-bearing messages do not originate here! We never send anything to anyone from "info@helmets".


Sending us an email:

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Our contact info:

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
4611 Seventh Street South
Arlington, VA 22204-1419 USA
Voice: (703) 486-0100
Email.


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