Novice Driver Survey and Module Information Sheet

Cycle Aware: driver-cyclist interactions

Over the past ten years, rates of cycling participation have been increasing. With more cyclists on the road, there is growing concern about how well drivers and cyclists are prepared for sharing the road and interacting safely with each other. While there are many education courses aimed at cyclists, drivers have few resources available to assist them in learning how to interact safely with cyclists.

Our project team has developed an online, interactive module to assist drivers to share the road safely with cyclists. The Cycle Aware module aims to both ‘inform’ drivers and provide a ‘self-checking’ tool so they can test their own knowledge of interacting safely with cyclists.

We are inviting all novice drivers (pre-learners, learner permit and provisional licence holders), to try our module.

The trial will be in two stages. Stage 1: participants complete an online survey and then complete the online module. Stage 2: participants complete the module again 1 month later. The survey will help us understand drivers current knowledge and experience of interacting with cyclists. Responding to the module at two different times allows us to check whether it helps inform drivers on how to share the road safely with cyclists.

The survey will take about 5 minutes and the module will take 5-10 minutes.

Participants who complete Stage 1 and Stage 2 will go into a draw to win a cash prize of $200. There are 5 $200 cash prizes to give away.

The survey is completely anonymous and nothing that you say can be identified to you. It is important to note that responses to this survey cannot be related to or impact on your learner’s permit or provisional licence or written/ practical driving tests. Submitting the survey will be taken as consent to participate in the study. Accessing the survey and module requires that you submit your email address. Your email address will not be kept, it will be deleted from our records once you have completed the study so it will not be possible to identify you or link your responses to the email.

Our research has been funded by the Australia Research Council to addresses this issue. The study involves researchers from the University of Adelaide, Monash University and Queensland University of Technology working together with the Motor Accident Commission, Amy Gillett Foundation, Royal Automobile Association, Adelaide City Council. Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure and the Northern Territory Government.

For more information contact: Dr Jennifer Bonham at University of Adelaide jennifer.bonham@adelaide.edu.au

Independent complaints procedure

The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Adelaide (approval number H-2016-076). If you wish to speak with an independent person regarding concerns or complaints about the research project or your rights as a participant then you should contact the Human Research Ethics Committee’s Secretariat on phone (08) 8313 6028 or by email to hrec@adelaide.edu.au. Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.

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