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Women -- You and Your Bike Helmet

This poll is part of an ongoing (Industrial Design) school project examining the perception of cycling and cyclists in North American Urban Centres. For this section of the project I have chosen to focus on a specific stigma associated with cycling -–the dreaded helmet. I would Love your insights as to how a cycling helmet could be improved for women, or in-general. Thanks for your time and insights. If you have any further comments please don’t hesitate to contact me at Discotuna@hotmail.com. Thanks again. P.s. for more details on the project checkout my blog, although it’s a bit out dated. http://bicycleconcepts.blogspot.com/ --Kyle
If you do not regularly wear a helmet what reason best describes why you don’t?
I don’t like carrying a helmet when I’m no longer on my bicycle.
It don’t like having helmet hair
Other
Wearing a helmet makes me look/feel dorky.
I always wear a helmet
It gives me a sweaty head
They don't fit my head right
I don’t own a helmet
Are there any other reasons you choose not to wear a helmet?
When using your bicycle for casual trips such as going a few blocks to the store, or to recreational riding do you usually wear a helmet?
Usually
Occasionally
Rarely
Never
Always
Have you ever had an accident on your bicycle which resulted in a head impact?
Yes
No
Which represents your typical describes bike usage?
Commuting
Utility cycling / car free lifestyle
Racing
Mountain biking
Leisure
Fitness
Other
If anything what do you like or dislike about your current helmet? What would you like to see improved or added?
What is your dream bicycle?
A tricked out Fixie
Classic Dutch City bike
A Vintage Inticately Lugged steel Racing Bike
Utility Bike
Tandem
BMX
An unstopable free ride rig
A Beautiful Cruiser
A Sleek Carbon road bike
recumbent
Tricycle
Other
What Features would be most important to you when purchasing a helmet for casual riding such as commuting or leisure cycling? (Assuming all options provided an equal measure of safety)
The use of technical materials such as spaceage foams and carbon fiber
More sophisticated -- Actually Fashionable graphics for grown Women!
The use of natural materials such as fabrics, wools and felts instead of plastic shells.
Styling inspired by performance and racing
I don't care what it looks like as long as it's comfortable
Attachment points for accessories such as lights, a rain cover and a mirror
More vents and better air flow.
do you prefer a helmet with a visor?
yes
no
If you currently own a helmet what "style" is it?
Racing - well vented and light weight
BMX/Skateboard -Hard shell multi impact style.
Commuting - has attachment points for mirrors, or a light- conservative styling.
Women’s specific -feminine colours /graphics.
"Race" inspired well vented, fast looking.
other
What are the most important, non-safety, or price related details which influence your decision when buying a helmet. select all that apply.
Matching it to the bicycle
feminine Colors options
Matching it to your wardrobe
How big it makes your head look
Brand Loyalty
Racy styling
Lack of graphics - muted "styling"
Graphics
This poll was created on 2008-03-12 19:30:54 by Carry by bike