The Road Safety Trust has published the findings of its annual cycle helmet safety tests, with three helmets awarded a ‘recommended’ label. Since 2019, The Road Safety Trust has funded Folksam Insurance Group in Sweden, to complete extended safety tests on a selection of helmets available in the UK.
For the first time in 2021, the testing included helmets for children. The 2021 test round comprised 15 adult cycling helmets and nine children’s helmets.
Five physical tests were conducted: two shock absorption tests with straight perpendicular impact and three oblique impact tests. The tests were performed by Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), which is accredited for testing and certification in accordance with the European standard. Computer simulations were subsequently carried out to evaluate the risk for concussion.