MERGE CYCLIST AND DRIVER TRAINING
Some local authorities offer cycle training to schools through the Bikeability scheme. Since its inception, Bikeability has trained 1.5m schoolchildren. It is also available to some adults.
Bikeability comprises three levels, but stops at age 13. During the next formative years, childhood memories recede as these young adults aspire to the independence promised by the motor car.
New driver training puts physical control before attitude and awareness. Learners are encouraged to think as drivers, not as cyclists. The seeds of tribalism are sown.
We think that a life skill as important as road sense should be learned early and become a core element within the national curriculum. Every step in the continuum, from pedestrian to cyclist to new driver training, should prioritise mutual respect for other road users, and be delivered by instructors skilled in both driving and cycling.