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.

Age group2004200520062007200820092010201120122015
Primary/Intermediate 95 92 96 94 93 92 96 96 96 95
Secondary 91 90 92 89 90 90 91 92 90 93*
Adult 90 90 94 93 93 92 93 90 91 93*
All ages 92 91 94 92 92 92 93 93 92 94*
Table 1. Cycle helmet wearing rate by age group for the past 10 surveys (%)

* Statistically significant change from previous year.

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