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National Bicycle Safety Education Curriculum Project

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There has been interest in developing a National Bicycle Safety Education Curriculum since at least 1977, when DOT co-sponsored with the Consumer Product Safety Commission Bike-Ed '77, the first national symposium on bicyclist education. A principal recommendation to come out of that conference was a call for the development of a national curriculum to teach bicyclists of all ages the skills and knowledge required to ride a bicycle safely.

In 1977, the assumption was that a national curriculum would contain instructor guides, student materials and any other resources that would be needed to actually teach a course on bicycle safety to a variety of audiences. Very little had been done to provide formal instruction on bicycle safety concepts, so it would be necessary to create materials from scratch. Since 1977, however, a great deal of effort has been put into developing and delivering comprehensive bicycle safety training materials for children and adults. Programs have been developed by State Departments of Education, local school districts, non-profit bicycling organizations, and commercial educational publishing companies.

In the midst of this proliferation of training materials, the challenge to bicycle safety advocates is how to determine which existing materials could be used to meet the training needs of their communities.

To respond to this challenge, FHWA determined that the Curriculum would best serve the needs of State and local bicycle safety programs by identifying the skills and knowledge that bicyclists of different ages need to have and by matching those needs to existing resources. Read complete introduction
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