The latest national survey of helmet use in New Zealand by cyclists of all ages was carried out in March and April, 2015.
Over 3,900 cyclists were observed at 58 sites around the country. Each site was surveyed for 2 separate hours, typically between 8am and 9am, and between 3pm and 4pm on normal school weekdays.
In 2015, the national cycle helmet wearing rate across all age groups was 94 percent. This result is up slightly from 92 percent in 2012. As shown in Table 1, primary and intermediate school children have a wearing rate (95 percent) higher than that of adults (93 percent), and secondary school students (93 percent). The adult rate has increased from 91 percent last year, and the secondary students’ rate has also increased from 90 percent.
* Statistically significant change from previous year.