All about cycling in the Netherlands
This year in April about 150,000 Dutch school children will take a traffic test called “Traffic Exam”. It is tradition Dutch school children do this test when they are in their last year of primary school. I have shown you this before in a video. But traffic experts now sound the alarm: ever more children fail the test. In 2013 6,000 children failed the test which is … a staggering 4%. So something clearly has to be done! Safe Traffic Netherlands, (Veilig Verkeer Nederland) the organisation behind the test has now developed an App, so children can learn about traffic safety in a fun way.
In this report from the news for children (Jeugdjournaal) of Monday 10th of March 2014, an expert also explains the children are not to blame, it’s their parents taking them to school in a car! According to Dutch traffic experts children have to experience traffic to learn how to behave in traffic. And they don’t experience traffic from the backseat of a car. They should cycle ahead of their parents and decide what to do, so they learn about traffic step by step.
The figures about Dutch primary school children being taken to school in cars have already been explained by David Hembrow and while the Dutch think they are alarming, from an international perspective 20% to less than a third is really not so bad. Once they start secondary school 75% of Dutch school children cycle to school and only 4% is taken by car. Strangely enough the same percentage that failed the test, but that is purely coincidental of course!
That an App is created to reduce a failure rate of 4% again shows how serious the Dutch take traffic eduction for (young) children. Being able to behave safely in traffic is essential in a country where everybody cycles!
Jeugdjournaal item – 10th March 2014