According to the data from the European Commission, Poland is among the member states with the lowest bicycle traffic. It is a result of improper behavior on behalf of car drivers, such as breaking traffic laws, or lack of sufficient attention often excused by the mistaken belief that biker’s safety is his or her own responsibility. Many accidents are often a result of the lack of skills on behalf of bikers. The Polish system for training bicycle users is limited to school classes on traffic rules and the instructors are often without any special qualifications, while the youth don’t get the opportunity to practice in real traffic.
We would like to address this issue by running a nationwide campaign on road safety for bicycle users and other unprotected road users. Students and teachers from selected schools from across Poland will be invited to participate. We will conduct a series of workshops for children and youth on road safety in practice, bicycles in towns, and initiatives by bicycle organizations that try to influence relevant policies. We will organize four seminars for individuals teaching about traffic and transit at schools and we will talk about the safety of unprotected traffic participants, as well as good methods for bicycle practice. We will create a modern training program for bicycle users that will be ready for implementation at schools. We will also organize a national conference for bicycle educators where we will train and connect activists and educators and individuals responsible for education and safety from all over Poland to work together on a reform of bicycle education program.