The problem of unplugging your bike when riding to work is getting worse by the week.
The latest survey of workers shows that just 1 in 6 workers are getting a helmet, and only 5% of them have taken a full helmet for a ride.
And a recent survey of people in the capital, London, found that only 20% of cyclists wore helmets.
Meanwhile, more than half of people aged 18-24 in the UK have never taken a helmet on a bike.
And even though the number of cyclists wearing helmets is steadily rising, the UK is still nowhere near meeting the level of cycling safety required to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone.
What’s behind the decline?
The latest UK survey by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) found that just 5% (0.5%) of people say they have taken helmets on a bicycle in the past year, and the figure has fallen to just 2% in the last six months.
Even among those who have taken them, only 3% have done so regularly.
There is also a lack of support for helmet use among people who use public transport, where more than two-thirds of people have not worn a helmet.
The survey also showed that nearly two-fifths (59%) of respondents who were not cycling in London were also not using a bicycle to get to work.
So what are the problems with helmet use in London?
It’s not that people are not using helmets, but they are getting older.
About one in five (18%) of Londoners aged 18 to 24 say they were not wearing helmets in the year before the survey, up from just one in 10 in 2014.
Only 4% of people between the ages of 25 and 34 had taken a new helmet in the same period, compared to 20% among people in that age group in 2014 and 15% in 2014-15.
And while the survey showed that more than 50% of the people surveyed were happy with their choice of bike helmet, the TRL found that fewer than a quarter of people were satisfied with their helmet choices (22%).
And the proportion of people who thought their bike helmet had been damaged in a crash was even lower (15%).
And people who had a helmet were less likely to be confident about their safety than those who had no helmet (33% compared to 53%).
This is despite people who said they had been in a collision saying they were more likely to have taken their helmet off (45% compared with 48%).
And while more than a third of people (35%) had taken at least one helmet on the same trip, the survey also found that nearly half (47%) had only taken a few, while 15% had taken no helmet at all.
Why is there such a lack in helmet use?
One of the reasons is that helmet use is becoming increasingly rare among people aged 20 to 34.
In fact, only one in three (31%) of riders aged 20-24 reported taking a helmet in that same time period.
This suggests that people who are more comfortable riding in a helmet are less likely than others to take a helmet when they are on a ride, despite the fact that the average age of a helmet wearer is now 37 years old.
In addition, helmet use has declined in London as a whole, as a result of new helmet laws introduced last year.
A new law allows cyclists to ride on two wheels with a full front helmet, while in London cyclists can only ride with a helmet of up to 30mm (1.5in) thick.
The same legislation also limits the distance people can ride on a single wheel to 40 metres (165 yards), although this is not enforced.
But despite this, people still ride in the city in large numbers.
A survey of the survey participants, which was conducted in December 2015, found just 13% of respondents reported that they rode in the London area for more than 15 days in a row in the previous 12 months.
And of those, only a third (34%) said they did so regularly, compared with 45% who said the same for the whole of England.
How to help make cycling safer: It’s vital that London’s bicycle network is improved to ensure the safety of all people on it.
In 2015, the Transport for London (TfL) launched a “London Cycling Challenge” to encourage people to cycle more, and in December 2017 it unveiled a “Bike London” campaign to encourage more people to get out and ride their bikes.
The TfL has also created a specialised bike shop called the Bikable, and has started running cycle training programmes in schools.
The challenge has been hugely successful and TfS says it will continue to encourage and support the “Bikable’s” work.
And the new Bikably bike shop is currently opening in the City Centre, alongside the London Eye.
TfLS is also encouraging cycle clubs, such