Safe behaviour young cyclists (adolescents)

After leaving primary school, young people spend an increasing part of their life in an urban environment. They leave the sheltered environment of their own village or neighbourhood to go to school in the city and also spend a large part of their free time there, for example, to play sports and to go out. Their most important modes of transport are the bicycle, and later in life also the (light) moped.

The shift from living environment to the (centre of the ) city exposes adolescents greater traffic risks, such as exposure to more dangerous and more complex traffic situations for which it is necessary that young people perceive the hazards in time. At this age, however, they display more risky behaviour due to experiment behaviour and they experience growing influence of the social environment.

Research questions

  1. How capable are children in the final year of primary school and the first year of secondary school of recognizing hazards in an urban environment and reacting appropriately?
  2. How can we test this systematically, in order to understand the development of hazard perception with increasing experience or after training?
  3. How can we train hazard perception in this group of young cyclists? Which methods are most suitable for this group?

Activities in 2015

In 2015, the research findings were published in SWOV-report R-2015-12 Alcohol use by youths in traffic on nights out (Dutch only). Futhermore, within the project Bo Strijker did research for her Master Thesis Applied Cognitive Psychology Spot the Dangerous Situations; EEG measurements of hazard perception in adolescent cyclists.

In 2016, the results of the study will be the basis for developing an effective hazard perception training to be used in educational programmes.

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Start date: 04 Mar 2016
End date: 31 Dec 2015