Cyclist Education - before purchasing bikes
Companies who endorse cycling by allowing their employees to partake in a cycle to work scheme should provide education on how to cycle on the road safely, before they are able to purchase a bike. This could be either funded by the company or by the council. This should give people basic road safety rules and ideas to ensure they are safe on the roads.
This could be extended to allow everyone who wishes to purchase a bike to go on an education course beforehand, once they have completed the course and have passed, people could show a certificate to a bike shop to prove they are competent before being allowed to purchase a bike and be on the road. This could be a bit like ensuring a driver has a valid driving licence before being allowed to drive a car.
For drivers, there could be a module attached to the theory test on how to safely manage cyclists on the road, with visual tests such as is currently done with the hazard perception, with different scenarios of cyclists.
Why the contribution is important
This could help to improve relations between cyclists and motorists on the roads. By making both parties aware on how to treat the road and each other, this could help stop accidents.
Most people are not given education for how to cycle safely on the road once leaving school, therefore I believe that by giving the right information to people before starting cycling, it will improve road safety.
by user637014 on November 27, 2013 at 01:14PM