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Children on Bicycles – Mobility Education

Young girl rides her bike
Young girl rides her bike © Jörg Thiemann-Linden

Promoting bicycle use among children and adolescents is, however, vital in shaping their travel behaviour later in life; integrating these efforts into road safety education serves multiple purposes: it promotes the independent mobility of children and adolescents; it creates awareness for an environmentally friendly transport mode; it triggers a respectful and safe behaviour in traffic; and it addresses the effects transport has on individuals and the environment. Another major purpose is the prevention of accidents; it is relevant even at later stages in life, since traffic death rates are highest among young people aged 18 to 23.


  • Specific mobility requirements of children
  • Accident statistics
  • Road behaviour and causes of accidents involving cycling children
  • Cycling promotion for children and adolescents as part of an integrated mobility education
  • Mobility Education in Schools


Accident statistics show that the reasons for many accidents involving children are developmental. By enabling children and adolescents to actively explore and shape the environment or neighbourhood they live in, their specific mobility requirements can be considered by planners, and thus be met. The example of the city of Leipzig shows that including children into the planning process can be highly beneficial to the design of street environments. Schools also bear high responsibility as they provide children with the mobility competencies they require for their independent mobility. Road safety training should be delivered in real-life situations enabling the children to draw on experiences in the learning process. Simultaneously, schools should take an interdisciplinary approach to mobility education and deal with environmental aspects of mode choices as well as with the impact transport has on individuals and the global environment.

Download: cye-s-06.pdf

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