A training initiative which sets out to increase the basic road awareness and safety of young motorcyclists in Lewisham, has been recognised with the 2017 London Road Safety Award.
Lewisham Council’s CBT course comprises a two-hour presentation, developed in partnership with New View Consultants, which is delivered to 16-25 year olds. So far, 121 participants have taken the course.
The London Road Safety Award is designed to highlight and reward innovation and good practice in road safety education in London. Introduced in 2003 as the Laurie Bunn Award, in memory of a past London Road Safety Council (LRSC) chairman, the award was renamed in 2016.
The 2017 Award was presented to Ian Drake and Graham Curtis from Lewisham’s road safety team, by James Cracknell, London Road Safety Council president, at the organisation’s 100th AGM on 21 July.
The AGM also saw the presentation of two Distinguished Service Awards (pictured below), handed out by the LRSC to Peter Wilson, long-serving road safety officer, and Alderman Alison Gowman, an influential supporter of road safety in London.
Lewisham’s two-hour CBT course covers the issue of visibility, both from a driver’s perspective and from the rider’s view. The aim is to highlight the importance of ‘vision for all road users, seeing with the brain’.
The course also covers managing anticipation and hazards, through the use of video clips filmed on roads in the local area.
The presentation is based on the three core elements of the COM-B model:
- Capability – the intervention will improve the participants’ hazard perception skills, as well as improve the rider’s ability to learn from their own experience by developing their own self-evaluation skills.
- Opportunity – provide the participants with coping strategies that will allow them to maintain control of their actions in difficult situations, for example, when in a social setting in relation to alcohol and drugs use.
- Motivation – the intervention will seek to motivate the participants to behave correctly by increasing the participants understanding of the benefits of the behaviours being advocated.
The course also includes a follow-up e-learning module that reminds participants of the key messages and allows them to further improve their hazard perception self-evaluation skills.