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Summary: References and resources for bicycle helmet designers

We often hear from engineering design or marketing students who have decided to develop a bicycle helmet. Here are some pages on our website that we think you might want to check out.

Note that most of these references are also on our Researchers Page. We wanted to signal them here for designers.

Helmet Construction and Performance

Some great articles

Statistics and Medical Journal References

Consumer information

The SafetyLit page.

SafetyLit produces a weekly digest with hundreds of journal articles abstracted every week. A search using the phrase "bicycle helmet" finds more than 300 journal articles and reports on the topic. A goldmine for researchers provided by the Center for Injury Prevention Policy & Practice at San Diego State University. You can subscribe for the weekly report, one of the most useful ways to keep current on journal articles in the helmet field.

The TRIS page

You can research journal articles on bicycle helmets (and other subjects) on the TRIS Search Page. The Transportation Research Information Service has more than 400,000 books, journal articles, and technical reports on transportation research from the 1960's to the present. Put "bicycle and helmet" in the search window and it will return more than 145 references. The abstracts are sometimes disappointing, but the citations are very useful.


We have a page up on evaluations for helmet campaigns. But the best list of studies and references on educational campaign evaluations was the page titled "Bicycle Injury Interventions Programs to Increase Helmet Use: Education" on the Harborview Injury Prevention Center site. We can't find it now. You may find a lot more with a search on helmets on their site.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of DOT, has an extensive report called

Bicycle Helmet Use Laws: Lessons Learned from Selected Sites CD-ROM 2004

It includes lessons learned from Austin, Texas; Jacksonville and Duval County, Florida; the State of Maryland; the State of Oregon; Port Angeles, Washington, and Seymour, Connecticut. The web link actually has the entire CD if you click on "Table of Contents," and clicking on the "printer friendly version" link gets you a 219 page file in .pdf format that is actually the whole report.

Market Statistics

What little we know about the size of global or national helmet markets

Our Search Function

You can use our site's search function for specific points that we may have missed.

What we do not have

We have put up virtually everything we know on the web. Some major gaps remain, and you will not find information here on:

How to Cite or Reference Our Materials