Increasing Child Pedestrian and Cyclist Visibility: Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial

Fewer children are walking or bicycling to school, in part because of increased injury levels due to pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions. This article reports on a study that investigated aids to increase child pedestrian and cyclist visibility. The cluster randomized controlled trial was designed to assess the use of free visibility aids (a reflective and fluorescent slap wrap that can be worn around an arm or trouser leg and is readily removed, and a reflective durable sticker) one and eight weeks after their provision among primary school children (n = 377) in Nottingham, UK. Children in the intervention group also received educational material on the importance of being seen in the dark. Observers visited schools to observe use of reflective and fluorescent slap wraps, stickers, piping and patches on coats, and bags at baseline and at one and eight weeks after distribution of the visibility aids. The results showed that children provided with free visibility aids were significantly more likely to use any visibility aid at one week and eight weeks after distribution than children in the control group. The authors conclude that, on the basis of these findings, campaigns providing free visibility aids to primary school children should be encouraged.

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    • Mulvaney, C A
    • Kendrick, D
    • Watson, M C
    • Coupland, C A C
  • Publication Date: 2006-4


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  • Accession Number: 01042699
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2007 11:14AM