The number of bicyclists on Israeli roads has risen steadily over the last few decades, and the number of crashes has been falling.
But a new study by researchers at the University of Haifa, which involved studying the crash data of 6,000 cyclists from 2000 to 2014, found that there was a large difference between cyclists who had helmets and those who didn’t.
The researchers found that of the 6,091 cyclists who were killed or seriously injured in the study, only 2.4% of cyclists who wore helmets were actually wearing helmets.
That figure rose to 14.6% for those who were injured but not killed, and to 26.5% for cyclists who died but were not seriously injured.
When you think about it, the reason helmet use is so prevalent in the world, as well as in Israel, is because Israel is so high in cycling infrastructure, the researchers wrote.
In the US, a study by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control found that nearly 80% of people who were seriously injured or killed by motor vehicles had ridden in an urban area.
That means, when the researchers looked at how many crashes there were, it was more than double that of Israel, where there were only about one fatal crash a year.
This means that helmets have a lot to do with the fact that Israelis have fewer crashes, and fewer crashes means fewer people are seriously injured, said Dr. Yaakov Shteinman, the study’s lead author and director of the department of pediatrics at the Institute of Psychiatry at Haifa.
He told Haaretz that the study is not about safety or helmet use per se, but about whether there is a link between the number and severity of crashes, the likelihood that people were wearing helmets and the risk of death or injury.
Shteinman explained that the researchers used crash data from the Israeli police, which have data on people killed or severely injured by cars.
This information was also used to calculate the odds of being killed or injured by a motor vehicle, and this gave a much more reliable picture of the risk that an injury caused, Shteinmans told Ha’aretz.
“When we looked at the data, it showed that helmet use was a significant risk factor,” he said.
“There is no correlation between the numbers of cyclists and the probability of serious injuries.
This was the conclusion that the researcher drew from this data.”
Shteinmans said that the data he gathered was very important because it helps us understand why helmet use increases so dramatically in Israel.
“In Israel, people don’t need helmets.
If they have helmets, they will use them, because they have a certain level of confidence in their ability to ride safely,” he told HaIaretz.
However, the data from this study was not available for other countries, so Shteinmann said the researchers had to rely on what is known from other studies.
“I am very surprised to find that there is such a difference,” he explained.
Sholem Aloni, the head of the Bicycle Research Institute in Jerusalem, said that it was surprising that the number would be so low in Israel when there are very few crashes in Israel and it was also surprising that there were so few serious injuries in Israel for a large number of years.
Aloni told Ha-aretz that it is not clear why there is so much difference in the number who are wearing helmets, but said that there could be some combination of factors.
He said that he believes that people are more cautious in Israel because it has been built in a way that is designed to avoid accidents, and that people have a much higher level of trust in the system, so people wear helmets to reduce the risk.
Alona Bar-On, who has been cycling for nearly 30 years, said she is surprised by the difference.
“The helmet is very important,” she told Haifa radio station Israel Hayom.
“I think we should not be afraid to wear a helmet.
It is the most important thing that we have in our bodies.”