Vorpal wrote:There were a couple of studies...
One looked at cycling habits after Bikeability & found no evidence the children who had training cycled more.
Which probably tells us Bikeability is not sufficient to convince parents that children are safe to cycle.
Another looked at the behaviour of children who had been through cycle training, and found that they exhibited safer cycling practices.
Which tells us that the training has an effect, but says nothing about whether training correlates with reduced casualties.
In any case, I'd expect it to have only a minor effect because motorists are to blame for 80% of adult cycling collision injuries
Interestingly, https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... g_children
suggests "no evidence that training produced safer attitudes" but curiously "cyclists who obeyed basic safety rules were less likely to sustain cycle injuries" - maybe it doesn't teach the right things, which brings us back to that Canadian paper linked by Jdsk.
Now, I'm suspicious of some of the specifics of that paper (especially the assertion that use of lights, H&H are supported by scientific evidence, but also that there's a clear "all studies agree" safety evidence in favour of bike lanes) and some of the other points that probably are sound will be unpalatable (stay away from large vehicles, avoid riding on major roads), but the general thrust seems sound: most cycle training materials I've seen don't even attempt to justify why they're teaching certain things and there seem to be some gaps in the evidence.
The Bikeability Trust have done some surveys, as well, but I don't know the outcome of those. A little digging around on t'interweb might turn them up.
perhaps? The Impact Study Final Report there contradicts some of the above and suggests children who have done Bikeability cycle more. If so, then regardless of the safety case, that may be a good enough reason to continue training, but there are other studies, independent of Bikeability, which found no effect.
I didn't find the Hertfordshire review mentioned by TUC but I did find our old foreign correspondent putting the boot (clog?) into Bikeability: http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/20 ... iency.html