PC-based hazard anticipation training for experienced cyclists: Design and evaluation

Kovácsová, N.; Vlakveld, W.P.; Winter, J.C.F. de; Hagenzieker, M.P.

Research shows that the ability to anticipate safety-critical situations is predictive of safe performance in traffic. Thus far, hazard anticipation training has been developed mainly for car drivers. These training programs may not be appropriate for cyclists who are exposed to different types of hazards. This study aimed to develop a PC-based hazard anticipation training for experienced cyclists, and evaluate its short-term effectiveness using hazard anticipation tests. Sixty-six electric bicycle users completed either a hazard anticipation training or a control intervention. The hazard anticipation training consisted of videos divided into two modules (instructions and practice) and was designed using various evidence-based hazard anticipation educational methods such as a ‘What happens next?’ task, expert commentary, performance feedback, and analogical transfer between hazardous traffic situations. The evaluation of the training showed that cyclists from the training group identified hazards faster compared to the control group cyclists, but no significant difference was found in the number of detected hazards between the two groups. The training had a small positive effect on cyclists’ prediction accuracy at safety-critical intersection situations. No effect was found on perceived danger and risk in hazardous traffic situations. Our results suggest that experienced cyclists’ hazard anticipation skills can be improved with the developed PC-based training. Future research should evaluate the retention and transfer of learned skills.

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