A new road safety program called RoadSet is targeting school children from Year Nine with plans to ramp up motorcycle awareness.
The free online interactive teaching program, launched by the Australian Road Safety Foundation, is designed to help young people become better road users.
RoadSet combines original animation with “gamified” interactions to deliver engaging content in 10 modules that are age-appropriate.
ARSF founder and CEO Russell White says the Progressive Web App is a first step in teaching the next generation of road users.
“We need to remember that safety isn’t just about drivers, but about all road users, and that includes children on bikes, skateboards, scooters or simply walking on foot,” he says.
“Our aim for RoadSet is to re-boot things in the road safety educational space and get younger road users thinking about these issues earlier.
“For example, in the module on cycling, we cover topics like wearing the right protective gear, being seen, having an awareness of what is going on around you and what other people might do that could increase risk.
“If we can embed that sort of mindset early, that same philosophy should continue on if the person starts riding a motorbike.
“As we expand the program content further, we will be adding more specific information about motorbikes.”
Kids don’t ride bicycles
Russell points out that kids these days don’t ride bicycles as much was they used to and therefore don’t have the road-craft skills nor awareness of their vulnerability when they reach the age of getting a learner’s licence.
He’s right. School bike racks used to be full in my school days. Now there is hardly a bicycle in sight!