FHWA Releases Bicycle Safer Journey in Time for Bike to School Week

May 2, 2014

The Federal Highway Administration is pleased to announce the release of Bicycle Safer Journey, a new tool to educate teens and children about safe bicycling behaviors.

Bicycle Safer Journey is a free, online education tool designed to help educators, parents and others who care about bicycle safety to get the conversation started with children and youth. It is an ideal complement to a Bike to School Day or Bike Month event.

Whether bicycling with adult family members or with friends, learning basic bicycle safety can help prevent injuries and prepare school-age children and youth for a lifetime of safe bicycling. As young people become drivers, it may help them be more aware of bicyclists as they navigate their community’s streets.

Preventing bicycle injuries requires a combination of approaches: engineering strategies to improve the physical environment for bicycling, enforcement strategies to reduce vehicle speeds and increase driver awareness of bicyclists, and safety skills development and education for drivers and bicyclists.

Bicycle Safer Journey provides the information and education needed to help children and teens become safer bicyclists. The resource consists of three videos — one for each of three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18 — accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator’s resource library. The tool can be used as an introduction to bicycle safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum. The age-appropriate videos, which are available in English and Spanish, address picking the safest places to bicycle and the importance of being alert.

Bicycle Safer Journey is the second part of FHWA’s effort to better inform children and teens about safe non-motorized travel. FHWA released Pedestrian Safer Journey, http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/pedsaferjourney,  in 2013 to offer similar educational tools directed toward walking.

To access Bicycle Safer Journey, go to http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/bicyclesaferjourney.