Children's Behaviour in Traffic - What Can We Learn?



Children's Behaviour in Traffic - What Can We Learn?

Authors

STEDAL L, SINTEF Civil and Environmental Engineering and RYENG E O, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Description

When planning the City of Tomorrow, we want to create a sustainable city in which people have a high quality of life, a city including all people, with access also for children. In order to create a better road traffic infrastructure for children as road

Abstract

When planning the City of Tomorrow, we want to create a sustainable city in which people have a high quality of life, a city including all people, with access also for children. In order to create a better road traffic infrastructure for children as road users, it is important to know how children behave in traffic, and how they actually use the facilities made to help them. When do they behave correctly and when do they behave incorrectly?

In 1997 the Norwegian school system was reformed, and children started school at the age of 6 instead of the age of 7. A new age group was travelling to and from school, and knowledge about how young school children cope, -with common traffic situations in Norway was asked for. Achieving new knowledge on these youngest school children in traffic was one of the main targets in this study.

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration supported a study to try to answer these questions. The study was carried out as an observational study in the city of Trondheim, Norway, focusing children aged 6-12 (Ovstedal and Ryeng, 1999).

Publisher

Association for European Transport