Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Bicycle and Helmet Use: The Survey Instrument

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Bicycle and Helmet Use: The Survey Instrument

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Introduction

The Bicycle Safety and Awareness Club has previously looked into bicycle safety practices of adolescents and young adults across the world. In this collection, a standardized questionnaire was used to survey the safety practices of adolescents at independent schools.

The survey

The questionnaire for adolescents queried about schoolgrade. The second question on the first page was a Yes/No question regarding whether the participant commutes to school using a bicycle; should they answer "Yes", they would have been re-directed to page 2, while an answer of "No" directs them to progress to page 3 (see Figure 1). The second page of the questionnaire for adolescents asked participants about the duration of a typical ride to school, the frequency at which they commute, frequency for which they use a helmet, and whether they are aware of the legislation in Ontario regarding mandatory helmet use; there is also a short-answer question asking for reasons why individuals choose not to wear helmets (see Figure 2). The third page has another Yes/No question asking whether an adolescent uses a bike during their recreational time; as with the prior Yes/No question, an answer of "Yes" progressed the participant to page 4 whereas an answer of "No" brought the survey to an end (see Figure 3). …

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