Child’s play: primary school cycling safety

The ACT Government has a program for cycling safety for primary school children. One of the lessons identifies cycling hazards. The examples are found everywhere in Canberra. Perhaps we should send the ACT planners back to school. The hazards take a long time to fixed.

“The ACT Government’s Ride or Walk to School program complements other government initiatives to support children to walk or ride to school.”

Ride or Walk to School, ACT Government

When you’re gunning for change, targeted and tailored education is part of your change management plan. It’s important to start top down – and I’m really, really hoping that this this is not Bottom Up Only initiative.

1. Primary sponsor and project team 2. Key stakeholders and decision makers 3. Designers, key technicians, etc. 4. Other stakeholders

Safe Cycle 5-6 Hazards (PowerPoint), Ride or Walk to School, ACT Government

What hazard can you see?  Blind corner
What might happen?  You may ride into another path user
Who might get hurt? You and another path user
What can you do to be safer?  Slow down, keep to the far left and be prepared to stop if you need to

Safe Cycle 5-6 Hazards (PowerPoint), Ride or Walk to School, ACT Government

What hazard can you see? Dog off lead, people on both sides of the path
What might happen?  
1.People on left blocking left lane
2. Going around people in the left lane might cause you to ride into the man on the right
3. Also be aware of dogs off leads, you don’t know where they might run
4. Swerving to avoid the dog might cause you to ride into the man on the right.
Who might get hurt? You, other path users and the dog
What can you do to be safer?  Slow down, wait until the right side of the path is clear, ring your bell to let the people on the left know you are there and about to over take them.

Safe Cycle 5-6 Hazards (PowerPoint), Ride or Walk to School, ACT Government

What hazard can you see?  Path ends at road, vision of road is blocked by hedges
What might happen?  Cars might be coming, you can see them and the drivers can see you
Who might get hurt? You might get hurt very badly
What can you do to be safer?  Slow down, look left and right, check it is safe before crossing

Safe Cycle 5-6 Hazards (PowerPoint), Ride or Walk to School, ACT Government

Did anyone spot the cars in the previous slides?

Safe Cycle 5-6 Hazards (PowerPoint), Ride or Walk to School, ACT Government

What hazard can you see? Cars in driveway, brown car has reverse lights on and the hedge is blocking the drivers view of the path.  Driver can’t see you on the bike about to ride behind the car
What might happen?  Car might start reversing and run you over
Who might get hurt? You might get hurt very badly
What can you do to be safer?  Always be careful crossing driveways.  Look and listen for cars that might be backing out of driveways.  If in doubt stop and check that it is safe to cross

Additionally there are other path users in front.  When you pass other path users, slow down, ring your bell and let them know you want to over take.

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