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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bike-wise children 'make better drivers' [Yahoo]


Teaching young children how to ride a bike safely and testing them on road rules can make them better drivers later in life, according to a visiting transport consultant.
International cycling guru Johan Diepens, who has been involved in the development of bike networks and bike safety plans in Europe for more than a decade, said all 11-year-olds in the Netherlands were taught bike safety at school, followed by written and practical examinations.
This gave them a basic understanding of road rules.
"This is considered an important part of the school curriculum," Mr Diepens said. "Before the practical test, schools are visited by police officers who inspect each of the bikes to make sure they are safe."

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