Why shoudln't the ten year olds have been on the road? From what you've said they did everything right.
Reproduced from "Road Safety Education and Training from a Public Health Perspective" (Ron Christie) http://www.rsconference.com/pdf/RS029000.PDF?check=1Cyclist education and training
The “Bike Ed” program which started in Victorian primary and lower secondary schools some 20 years ago and spread to other Australian jurisdictions aims to reduce the injury risk of children through provision of safe riding instruction and skills. However, there is little evidence to suggest that this popular Australian program is effective in reducing the crash and injury levels of those trained (RoSPA, 2001). An early study by Trotter & Kearns (1983) reported positive changes in on-road behaviour for children trained in a pilot program in Newcastle (NSW), but subsequent studies report mixed and less desirable outcomes. For example, in a recent case-control study, Carlin, Taylor & Nolan (1998) reported that Bike Ed did not lead to reduced bicycle-related injury in the years following training. They also concluded that completion of Bike Ed may create overconfidence and increased exposure-to-risk for children who complete bicycle education programs. This is similar to the adverse outcomes reported for some novice driver training programs.
It would not be unreasonable to conclude that programs aimed at cyclists, drivers and pedestrians often report improvements in knowledge and skills, but rarely changes in risk reduction behaviour or lower crash/injury involvement ( IIHS, 2001; Christie, 2002). While it is encouraging that some carefully targeted programs aimed at specific at-risk groups can modify the behaviour of child pedestrians and novice drivers, programs such as these are atypical as they have been successful in public health terms and they have been evaluated in behavioural and/or injury reduction terms.
Murray wrote:Perhaps I'm over enthusiastic about the value of rider education
As a rule of thumb," David explains, "cars will leave the same amount of space as they pass you as there is between you and the kerb."
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