Investigating Risk Compensation Theory in Cyclists: Results From Intelligent Video Analysis System


Head and brain injuries account for most fatalities and disabilities among cyclists. Encouraging helmet use might be of interest to improve safety, but it is challenged by some researchers stating that it might have negative consequences. Risk compensation theory postulates that the likelihood of being involved in a crash is higher among helmeted cyclists as compared with others, because they feel safer and consequently take more risk. In the absence of robust data on cyclist's behaviours, sound evidence of risk compensation is missing. The aim of the present study is to assess risk behaviours in urban cyclists by helmet-use status, using an innovative on-site observation technology.

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