05 May 2010

Fewer Swedish Kids Cycling


Here we have a graph from Sweden showing helmet usage and number of cyclists in the 6-15 age group. Erik from Ecoprofile.se blogged about it, in Swedish on his own blog.

While helmet usage is up, the number of kids cycling is going down. They passed each other like ships in the night in 2007. Shocking, really, and a lesson to be learned. The graph is from VTI, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.

I can certainly understand why Swedish MP Camilla Lindberg has proposed a motion in the Swedish parliament to repeal the helmet law in her country.

Hey! How about a contest?!

Have a look on the graph and answer these two questions:

1. Which year did helmet promotion begin in Sweden?
2. Which year did the country pass a helmet law for under 15's?

It's bit tricky with the second question, but hey, it's a quiz. No cheating with Google, just look at the graph.

Put your answer in the comments and add your name. The first right answer will recieve this messenger bag from Cykelhjelm.org:

cykelhjelm .org

And please feel free to join the Cykelhjelm.org (bike helmet in Danish) Facebook group to support a return to rationality and common sense in Denmark.

Her kan man se konsekvenserne af cykelhjelm promovering og påbud. De samme negative resultater ses over hele verden i samtlige regioner som har promoverede cyklehjelme, for slet ikke at nævne tvunget borgerne i cykelhjelme. Folk holder op med at cykle. Rationalitet er den nye frygtkultur. Kend dine fakta.

46 comments:

Tim Beadle said...

1: 1994
2: 2003

Ποδηλάτες Λάρισας said...

2005

Erik Sandblom said...

Maybe I shouldn't give any more hints! (very exciting)

Tim Beadle said...

OK - trying again!

1. 1995
2. 2005

Kim said...

1988
2005

Sean said...

1. Which year did helmet promotion begin in Sweden?

1989


2. Which year did the country pass a helmet law for under 15's?
1991

Sabinna said...

Interesting study. Looking at the numbers the broad trend has been in a range from 1992. Over 4 yrs since 1988 there was a huge drop. But then it levelled out. Looks like it could be at a tipping point now, but could be at tipping point now...

Bec said...

Hmm...
1. 1990
2. 2005

Ποδηλάτες Λάρισας said...

1989 and 1991 are also possible years.
2005 is the first year that the two lines cross each other but may be a coincidence.
In Greece no such law exists but the number of kids cycling is very low.

Michael S said...

1: 1994
2: 2004

Edward said...

Speaking from experience in Australia, a further consequence of helmet laws is that instead of people on bikes looking like they do on Amsterdamize and Copenhagen Cycle Chic, they look like total nobs with plastic hats and day-glo yellow hats.

See for example:

http://davesbikeblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/bobbies-on-bicycles.html

Gino said...

1) 1989
2) 2005

Mike said...

Promotion: 1994
Under 15 law: 2005

Crispy Kale said...

1) 1988
2) 2004

Lucas Jerzy Portela said...

1- 2004

2- 2007

D. S. Tomlinson said...

I'd say 1988 for both questions, just because that's when the graph starts...

blighty rider said...

I reckon it's Q1, 2001 and Q2, 2006.

by Stephen Dorey said...

1. 1996
2. 1998

?

Kim said...

I give another go

1: 1990
2: 2005

Anonymous said...

1988
2003

genevieve said...
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genevieve said...

1: 1992
2: 2004

Luis Peters said...

1. 1988
2. 2006

blighty rider said...

1991 and 2007 for a second guess.

blighty rider said...

1992 and 2004.
My final guess.

superteemu said...

1. First polystyrene helmets, guidelines etc. came in 1980's, but high-gear WHO-ignited campaign started in 1990.

2. Law went into effect 2005, so it was _passed_ on 2004. :)

Tessa said...

1. 1993
2. 2001

superteemu said...

I've read a ton about this topic to effectively argue with local helmet law -pushing politicians, so I guess you can call that cheating. I hope I was wrong, but if I was right, I'd like to donate my award to my greek competitor here - (s)he was close, and they need everything then can get right now. :)

Randy said...

1: 1989
2: 2004

Frits B said...

Not on topic but related: there is a weekly traffic programme on Dutch public TV, for the last 17 years or so. This weeks' instalment focussed on twowheelers so a number of speeding motorbikes and scooters were caught. The policemen in the patrol car also watched cyclists go by and had little to say about them, but for one family - father, mother and child - passing by. "Look", said the man at the wheel,"that is how it should be, a responsible family group, all wearing helmets". I doubt that the man ever dons a helmet when he grabs his own bike ...

Jennifer said...

1. 2003
2. 2006

Love reading your blog!

portlandize.com said...

2004
2006

Mikael said...

i'll give it to tommorow morning (CET) before revealing the proud owner (if there IS one) of the messenger bag.

Which reads, by the way, "The bicycle brain protects far better than the bicycle helmet..."

Glenn said...

2002, likely initial legislation after a sustained period of decline in helmet use. 2006, again after a (shorter) period of decline in helmet use. Kind of silly really.

Glenn

John-Henry said...

1. 1988
2. 1990

I have no clue really but these were the most dramatic dips

Kükü said...

1988
2003

Mikael said...

thanks to everyone for taking part! the winner will be revealed tomorrow. if there is one... :-)

Severin said...

1: 1989

2: 2001

@brumcyclist said...

1988, 2005. Please, no copying ;-)

Gerhard said...

1: 1993
2: 2002

[vicious]

Martha Smith said...

1 - 1992
2 - 2000

Jim Moore said...

1988 and 2004. But Crispy Kale has already said this so I won't win.

cehash said...
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aronman said...

1:1987
2:2003

Jim Nariel said...

Yes this is very strange - good article though

http://cyclingframes.blogspot.com

Esmo said...

1. 1998
2. 2004