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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?
It don’t like having helmet hair
Wearing a helmet makes me look/feel dorky.
They don't fit my head right
I always wear a helmet
I don’t like carrying a helmet when I’m no longer on my bicycle.
I don’t own a helmet
It gives me a sweaty head
Other
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?
An unstopable free ride rig
Utility Bike
Classic Dutch City bike
A Sleek Carbon road bike
Tandem
A tricked out Fixie
A Vintage Inticately Lugged steel Racing Bike
Other
A Beautiful Cruiser
Tricycle
recumbent
BMX
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)
Styling inspired by performance and racing
Attachment points for accessories such as lights, a rain cover and a mirror
More vents and better air flow.
The use of natural materials such as fabrics, wools and felts instead of plastic shells.
I don't care what it looks like as long as it's comfortable
More sophisticated -- Actually Fashionable graphics for grown Women!
The use of technical materials such as spaceage foams and carbon fiber
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.
feminine Colors options
How big it makes your head look
Lack of graphics - muted "styling"
Racy styling
Matching it to your wardrobe
Brand Loyalty
Matching it to the bicycle
Graphics
This poll was created on 2008-03-12 19:30:54 by Carry by bike