The Excellence in Road Safety Awards 2022 is an annual opportunity to recognise the contributions of our community of members towards the common goal of improved road safety across Europe. Taking place on 17 October, this year there were 4 categories in which the very best initiatives were spotlighted; Component of a Safe System Approach, Professional Drivers, Young People, and Technology.
This year’s winner in the Young People category is Preventiedienst stad Leuven from Belgium for their VRkeer, an educational virtual reality game.
Preventiedienst stad Leuven set out to improve the knowledge and practical skills of children in and around traffic. The VRKeer game teaches children from ages 10 to 14 how to cycle safely in traffic using a virtual reality (VR) system. Monitored in real-time by their teachers, the project targets seven different skills on three different levels. The students receive a personalised learning pathway that can be used to adapt the information to the strengths and weaknesses of individual pupils.
In 2022 – 2023 there will be approximately 7200 students using VRKeer, allowing them to confidently become a new generation of cyclists who will contribute to a sustainable school and living environment.
If you’d like to see more about the VRkeer initiative from Preventiedienst stad Leuven, watch the video below or click here to read their full good practice submission.
To find out the other Excellence in Road Safety 2022 winners click here
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