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BringaAkadémia - The Hungarian safety cycling educational program

BringaAkadémia - The Hungarian safety cycling educational program

Every children loves cycling, but majority of them are not acquainted with the basic rules of road for cyclists.

Vuelta Ltd. (the company behind BringaAkadémia program) is dealing with safety cycling education since 2004. In the first 4 years we have implemented ‘cycling project days’ in dozens of primary schools bringing there our bikeability track and giving lessons about safety cycling in the classrooms. In 2008 we had been asked by the government commissioner for cycling of Ministry of Economy and Transport (Ádám Bodor, he is currently the Advocacy and EuroVelo director of the European Cyclists` Federation) to develop and implement a safety cycling educational program in Hungary as a pilot project, based on Western European best practices, focusing on practicing with the pupils, to improve their cycling skills. During the successfulpilot program in spring 2008, we have tested the program in 18 primary schools. Since then the program has been implemented in all together more than 70 Hungarian primary schools.

In 2013 we had been asked by the Office of Education (Oktatási Hivatal) to develop the curriculum of an optional subject for primary schools in the field of safety cycling, based on our previous experience. The curriculum (called BringaAkadémia) has been certified by the competent state secretary of Ministry of Human Capacities, so it can be chosen as an optional subject in the primary schools (3-4th and 5-6th class). In addition we have developed a training for trainers course for teachers, in order to prepare them for safety cycling education. The curriculum consists both of theoretical and practical knowledge, and aims to teach the pupils ride their bikes in a safe way. Unfortunately there are few primary schools that have chosen BringaAkadémia optional subject, so we have find other ways to reach our most important goal: to teach more and more children to ride their bike in a safe and self-confident way. To reach the goal theoretical and practical skills are both needed, so the methodology of BringaAkadémia have been developed to cover these kind of needs, so there are various forms of education target to reach the goal:
• interactive lessons for the pupils,
• ’cycling days’ in primary schools,
• voluntary lessons in the afternoons,
• cycling education built in other subjects (for eg. PE).

With the BringaAkadémia interactive lessons we prepare the children for safety cycling by teaching them the most important rules of road. The main issues are the following (in 45 minutes):
• the compulsory equipments of a bicycle according to the law,
• bike check before cycling,
• where to cycle (and where not);
• visibility on bicycle;
• rules of right-of-way.
BringaAkadémia interactive lessons usually are included in ’cycling days’ in primary schools, and the children participating at the lessons get a booklet, contaning the most important theoratical knowledge.

The BringaAkadémia optional subject aims to teach all the theoretical and practical knowledge in 64 lessons in 3-4th and 5-6th class of primary schools. The structure of the subject is the following:
• Theoretical issues: rules of road for cyclists, bicycle check, basis of cycle touring
• Practical issues: development of cycling skills in a safe area, then practicing in quiet roads

Without preparing there is no professional knowledge, so the aim of the BringaAkadémia 30-hour-long accredited training for trainers program is to prepare primary school teachers for safety cycling education – both theoratical and practical education. The three-day-long training is open for all primary school teachers. Since 2014 more than 300 teachers have been participating at the trainings in Hungary.
Our other training for trainers program have been developed for preparing teachers for cycling tours with children. The training focuses on practical skills needed for leading a bicycle tour (rules of road for cyclists, preparing for a cycling tour, planning a cycling tour, first-aid skills, orientation, etc.). Since 2018 more then 500 teachers have been participating at the trainings in Hungary.

Our programs, events and booklets have reached ten thousands of children, and hundreds of primary school teachers were prepared for safety cycling education and for leading cycling tours for the pupils. Even though safety cycling education could not spread nationwide, so we had to find other ways to boost it, first by identifying the problems occuring in education, for example lack of educational materials.

From 2015 till 2018 we have been running an Erasmus+ project with a Romanian, an Austrian and a Dutch partner to improve our curriculum and professional skills, getting acquainted with safety cycling educational programs of the project partners and the trends in cycling also to have more experience about the whole issue. The project has resulted the BringaAkadémia Mentors’ Handbook and the BringaAkadémia Workbook for pupils (a booklet that can be used in primary schools in safety cycling education).

The greatest impact of our work in the last years was that we could call attention for the importance of safety cycling at the highest levels of the Hungarian government. After introducing the Safe4Cycle project, and its intellectual outputs, Máriusz Révész, government commissioner for cycling and active leisure, in August 2017 initiated to form a task force to complete the Workbook and the Mentors’ Handbook with the rules for pedestrians. The task force has been formed of the Office of the government commissioner, the Institute for Transport Sciences (KTI), the Commission on Prevention of Accidents of the Hungarian Police (ORFK-OBB), the Hungarian Cyclists’ Club and Vuelta SA. The completion of the materials has been coordinated and finished by Tamás Abelovszky (Vuelta SA) and Tamás Berta (KTI) in 2018, and has been named ‘Közlekedő kisokos’. Thanks to the help of the Government commissioner and the KTI the completed Safe4Cycle Workbook was delivered to all the 4th and 5th class students in November 2018 (all together 200 000 copies).

If you work together with external partners, list the most important partners and briefly describe their role. 
In Hungary we are in a good professional partnership with other organisations, dealing with safety cycling education, research in the field of safety traffic or prevention of accidents. Our main partners are the Office of the Government Commissioner for Active Hungary, the Institute for Transport Sciences (KTI), the Commission on Prevention of Accidents of the Hungarian Police (ORFK-OBB) and the Hungarian Cyclists’ Club. The Commission on Prevention of Accidents of the Hungarian Police (ORFK-OBB) provides possibility to reach police officers with our programs, and in addition in the last two years BringaAkadémia and ORFK-OBB have implemented training for trainer courses for police officers (for the ‘police officers of the schools’ primarily) in every Hungarian county, based on the BringaAkadémia methodology. On international level in the last five years we have formed professional partnerships with organisations dealing with the same issue. First of all we have helped to start safety cycling education in Romania, in cooperation with Fundația Comunitară Mureș, a civil organisation in Mureș county. In 2014 we have organized a training for trainers program in Târgu Mureș, that was the basis of AcademiaVelo program. In the last five years our Romanian partner has been improving its program permanently, reaching hundreds of pupils and dozens of teachers in the secondary schhols or at various cycling events. From 2015 till 2018 we have been running an Erasmus+ project with a Romanian (Fundația Comunitară Mureș), an Austrian (EasyDrivers Radfahrschule) and a Dutch (Mobycon) partner to improve our curriculum and professional skills, getting acquainted with safety cycling educational programs of the project partners and the trends in cycling also to have more experience about the whole issue.
What problem did you address/are you addressing? 
Cycling means freedom, because children feel that on two wheels they can go faster and further, while they also feel their independency. But only a minority of children will cycle to the school, to the grocery store, or to the grandma with proper theoretical and practical knowledge. While every children loves cycling, but majority of them are not acquainted with the basic rules of road for cyclists. In Hungary the National Curriculum contains safety traffic education in primary schools, 3 lessons per year in average. On the one hand this is not enough even for repeating the knowledge acquired earlier, and on the other hand the basis of the knowledge is not well-founded enough. Primary school teachers (and police officers who are regularly attending in primary schools) are complaining about lack of useful safety traffic educational material, lack of any help they could get in the field of safety traffic education, despite of the above written about the National Curriculum and despite the openness of a large number of the primary school teachers. In addition, according to the survey of institute for Transport Sciences data show clearly that safety cycling knowledge of 1-2 class pupils is excellent, but as the children are going up, results are getting worse. In 3-4 class only 41,85% is aware of rules for cyclists. Among 5-8 class students the latter value is getting better (59,33%), but statistics show it is not enough. The data show that there is a huge need for safety cycling education, and it should be started in primary schools. Our goal is to provide professional background for the primary school teachers (and police officers) for safety cycling education with training for trainers courses and development of educational materials (like BringaAkadémia workbook for pupils or BringaAkadémia Mentors' guide for teachers) to reach the ultimate goal: to involva all 10-11 years old pupils in safety cycling education in Hungary.
What are your objectives? 
To involve more primary school teachers in training for trainers program to prepare them for safety cycling education
To get reached all 4-5th class pupils in Hungary, at least by the BringaAkadémia workbook
The long-term objective is to is to strenghten safety cycling education in primary schools by implementing an theoretical course that is obligatory for all pupils, and which can become the basis of voluntary practical cycling courses
To build a system, similar to the Austrian or the Slovenian one, with an obligatory theoretical cycling exam in the 4th or 5th class of primary school
Who was/is your target audience? 
Describe the characteristics of your target audience 
The main focus of the BringaAkadémia program is on the 9-12 years old pupils, their teachers in the primary schools and the parents of the children.
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Date 
Tuesday, 1 April, 2014
Name of action 

Organizing 30-hour-long training for trainers courses for primary school teachers in the field of safety cycling education (all together more than 300 participants since 2014)

Date 
Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 to Wednesday, 31 October, 2018
Name of action 

Organizing one-day-long training for trainers courses for police officers in the field of safety cycling education (all together 400 participants)

Date 
Thursday, 1 March, 2018
Name of action 

Organizing 30-hour-long training for trainers courses for primary and secondary school teachers in the field of cycle touring (all together more than 500 participants since 2018)

Date 
Sunday, 1 November, 2015 to Wednesday, 28 February, 2018
Name of action 

Running an Erasmus+ project with a Romanian (Fundația Comunitară Mureș), an Austrian (EasyDrivers Radfahrschule) and a Dutch (Mobycon) partner to improve our curriculum and professional skills, getting acquainted with safety cycling educational programs of the project partners and the trends in cycling also to have more experience about the whole issue. The project has resulted the BringaAkadémia Mentors’ Handbook and the BringaAkadémia Workbook for pupils (a booklet that can be used in primary schools in safety cycling education).

Date 
Tuesday, 1 April, 2008
Name of action 

Organizing voluntary cycling lessons in primary schools (more than 70 schools involved)

Date 
Monday, 1 March, 2004
Name of action 

Organizing ’cycling days’ in primary schools (bikeability track in the schoolyard, and interactive lessons in the classroom – thousands of pupils have been reached)

Is there a plan for continuing these activities in the coming years? 
We are planning to continue our programs in the coming years to reach our main goal, the obligatory safety cycling education in the primary schools, ending with a theoretical exam, with the possibility of a voluntary practical exam also. Training for trainers programs are running at the moment (in May 2019) countrywide, 'school cycling days' are planned in at least 15 primary schools, and we are planning to complete the BringaAkadémia paper-based educational material with online materials.
How did you disseminate/are you disseminating results or how did you promote/are you promoting your initiative? 
The professional partners of BringaAkadémia are permanently informed of the activities running formally and informally also. With the primary school teachers, who have participated at training for trainers courses we are communicating by newsletters and the Facebook page of BringaAkadémia. The wider public is reached by the media contacts of Vuelta SA: • websites (for example flowcycle.hu, velo.hu, bikemag.hu, etc.) • radio stations (for example Kossuth and Karc FM Radio) • printed media (for example Közlekedésbiztonság)
How did you evaluate/are you evaluating the success of your action? 
First of all the more children and teachers we reach is the more success of our activity, as our goal is to reach the most 9-12 years old pupils. Beyond the above mentioned goal, our most important aim is to exercise an influence on decision-makers on the highest level of the Hungarian government in order to provide safety cycling education for every 10-11 year old children. The first step has been done: on the basis of BringaAkadémia Workbook for pupils an other booklet (’Közlekedő Kisokos’) was developed, and was delivered in the 2018/2019 schoolyear to all 4th and 5th pupils (200 000 copies), and it is planned to be delivered to all 4th class students in September 2019. This is the biggest achievement of BringaAkadémia in the last 15 years. The ultimate goal, the biggest success would be the development and implementation of a safety cycling educational system in Hungary like the Austrian one.
Who carried/carries out the evaluation activities? 
Internal evaluation
When did/will you carry out the evaluation? 
Before, after and continuous monitoring
How many groups did you evaluate/have you evaluated? 
Please list the indicators you use to measure success 
Number of participants involved in training for trainers programs
Number of children reached by BringaAkadémia programs
Please describe the evaluation tools you use (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) 
Satisfaction surveys after the training for trainers programs