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Cycle-aware: preparing novice drivers to interact safely with cyclists

Bonham, J, Johnson, M, Haworth, N

Cycling Novice Driver/Rider Licensing

ARSC conference 2018

Improving infrastructure and educating drivers and cyclists are two responses to cyclist safety. This paper reports on stage one of Cycle-Aware, a three year study targeting novice driver education and training. The content analysis of education and training materials revealed limited and inconsistent advice on interacting with cyclists who are represented in neutral or negative terms while drivers are represented in positive terms. Many stakeholders interviewed were unsure of what advice to offer novice drivers beyond ‘sharing the road’. Some recommended education on cyclist vulnerability, the rationale for cyclist-related road rules, contextualizing cyclist behaviours, and specific guidance on common interactions.