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.

One day in Budapest drawn by cyclists’ GPS track records.

Video

UrbanCyclr (urbancyclr.com) app allows bikers to track their biking routes in the city. The individual routes are added to an aggregated map of the bikers’ community. 100.000 kilometers of biking routes have been collected from individual bikers since the launch of the app in 2011.

SubMap (submap.kibu.hu) is a unique tool to visualize geographic and time-based data on distorted maps. It has a huge potential in coping with data from a physically distributed network of independent sensors.

Bike and pedestrian safety in Boston

The video is not that fresh but presents the typical issues perceived in the USA. “Bad cyclists” and even worse drivers, the issue of wearing a helmet or not, too much motorised traffic… Consider the people who are riding; you will hardly find children or elderly people on these roads, although in my opinion this is quite normal. When cycling reminds you to a battle for survival than you need strong, young, brave and smart people to prove justification of bicycles, as a mean of transportation. So guys, keep pedaling and improvements will come soon or later!

I do have some personal experiences about cycling in a metropolis and that could be concluded like a good urban cyclist is equipped by many of the skills of the yedis. You can ride with car traffic easily if you pedal strong and only when you are fully aware of what’s going on around you. This personal ‘radar skill’ can be improved over time but if you are thinking about riding the first time than I highly recommend you to check some ‘education video’ from London (videos by Gaz545 and Veloevol).

No matter if you are riding a bike or driving a school bus! Always keep in mind that we share the road and that it is your responsibility to avoid most of the hazards of traffic.
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