Cycling is often promoted as a cheap and healthy way of transportation. The increasing number of
bicyclists in Europe has strongly been associated with many positive effects. However, this
increase in bicycle share also resulted in more bicycle accidents. Child bicyclists are more likely to
get involved in a traffic crash due to intrinsic factors (the ability to combine several motor bicycling
skills and percpetual-motor skills such as hazard percpetion) within the bicyclists that are not well
understood yet. Based on our previous research, it can be concluded that children lack the ability
to perceive the relevant cues in traffic, integrate this information into an integrated holistic
perception and compare this perception to internal models to anticipate the forthcoming situation
sufficiently. Technological advancements (e.g. virtual reality) now offer affordable means for the
development, implementation and dissemination of practical tools. Given the status question is
above, the current project aims to develop a reliable tool to evaluate children’’hazard
perception skills, validate the hazard perception test and training and extend knowledge regarding
hazard perception in different age groups (8-15 years) using a large scale intervention in Flanders.
Ultimately, the major outcome of this highly innovative with great social impact is to make the test
and intervention ready for large scale implementation in schools.