Each driver shall undertake approved theoretical training which includes safety of vulnerable road users.
The course consists of two 3.5 hour modules (both delivered on the same day). The first module is classroom-based theory and the second module, an outdoor practical session where drivers get on bikes and get a cyclist’s view of the road.
This part of the course focuses on sharing the road safely and highlights the vulnerability of other road users. It also explains how our city streetscapes are evolving to encourage more active travel such as walking and cycling.
To equip the drivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to plan and prepare themselves for driving
To identify road users who are vulnerable and why
To highlight a driver’s responsibilities
To educate van drivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to carry out their job diligently, safely, responsibly and with consideration for others
To familiarise van drivers to the issues a vulnerable road user may face on public roads (on-cycle practical module)
To review attitudes through reflection and critique to improve driving practices
After the initial bicycle control skills training, drivers ride on bikes to areas of potential conflict including junctions, traffic lights and Advanced Stop Lines. Bicycles and personal protective equipment is provided.
Subjects covered include:
Giving drivers a cyclist’s perspective of riding on busy roads and an understanding of the issues faced by vulnerable road users
Driver attitude and perception
Practical on-road experience to understand why collisions occur and areas of potential driver/cyclist conflict
Introducing active travel, driver fitness and health
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