Educating people to increase road traffic safety

Rule no.1

We want to make traffic safer, more comfortable and more affordable for everybody! This means huge investments on the infrastructural side (thousands of work hours of planning and design) but how could you enforce the changing rules if not spending on the additional education and communication projects. This could sound obvious but it must be underlined that human behaviour is the real root cause of most of road traffic conflicts.

Educating children

With Bike to School campaigns and Traffic parks.

Teaching high-school students and adults

I think we can agree that a creative and good quality video can bring through the message easily and can be continuously active on Utube or Vimeo. Here comes two great videos from the USA what tries to explain the new kinds of cycling facilities.

Involving police!

The Asheville Police Department is training officers on bicycle maneuvering techniques the week of June 2 as it rejuvenates its bicycle patrols in the city.

A brief history and introduction to the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA), providing world-class training and resources to public safety cyclists since 1991. Visit http://www.ipmba.org to learn more.

Changing travel behaviours

Once we got socialized in our cultural (historical) context, we are driven by habits and our perception of our alternative solutions. It sounds easy to change… but in order to convince my neighbours there really must be a diverse and intermodal transportation system. At this point things are more about psychology.

There are several case studies and campaign schemes available on the internet. Here are some European projects in what I got involved:

This video shows Budapest in 2010 when over 30.000 people came together for a bike parade. The event is held twice a year since 2005, on the Earth Day in April and the Car Free Day in September.

City Of Joy from daniel fiantok on Vimeo.

Finally, another Streetfilms production from the movement ‘Guadalajara 2020’, Mexico. Good so see these local movements how they can transform the city into spaces full of people chatting, walking, playing on a music instrument, and activities that are enrichening our lives in general. Restrict motorized traffic!

Guadalajara’s Via RecreActiva – The World’s Most Transformative Ciclovia from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Transport Learning Seminars

We are learning something new each day. Right now I’m in Eger (H) to participate in a seminar called Transport Learning. The topic for today: street design, streetscape and traffic calming. Sounds impressive!

The instructor is Octavia Stepan, from the University of Bucharest and I’m already waiting for the practical training planned for tomorrow. !-)

Anyway, it’s time for a glass of the blood’s wine after the class.