Adoption of behavioural roadside training programme improves children’s road crossing skills.

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Quality of life and safety

Who is affected

Over 95,000 school age children in 98 Local Authorities. Organisation and safety agencies across Europe, the US, Australia and in developing countries such as Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Narrative

In a series of training studies on children between the ages of 5 and 12 years, a research team at the Department of Psychology successfully demonstrated that substantial improvements in roadside decision-making and behaviour can be achieved in children as young as 5 years. Based on their findings, the team developed and evaluated a training intervention (Kerbcraft) aimed at improving children’s pedestrian skills through practical roadside activities which was formally adopted by the UK government. Since 2008, the majority of 5-7 year old children in the UK have received formal pedestrian skills training using Kerbcraft either in its full or adapted form. Kerbcraft now plays a key role in the UK Government’s road safety strategy and has been cited as an example of best practice by the World Health Organisation and safety agencies across Europe, the US, Australia and in developing countries such as Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Category of impact

  • Policy and legislation
  • Quality of life and safety

    Research areas

  • training, decision making, road safety, REF2014 impact case study
  1. Crossroads: smart strategies for novice pedestrians

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. Attitudes, social norms and perceived behavioural control in adolescent pedestrian decision-making

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Training children in Safe Use of Designated Crossing

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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