August 29th, 2012 @ 3:09 pm by Camille Kirk
The following guest post comes from Leslie Mancebo, the Transportation Demand & Marketing Coordinator at UC Davis Transportation & Parking Services:
Many of us who travel regularly around campus have witnessed a bike accident, unsafe bicycling behavior or have been in an accident ourselves and many of us avoid the busier bike paths on campus during the first couple weeks of fall quarter each year. This year, TAPS is making an effort to improve the culture of bike safety at UC Davis by providing a free, online bike safety course.
Since last year’s launch of the Bicycle Education and Enforcement Program (BEEP), nearly 90% of those who have been issued bicycle citations have successfully completed the online bike safety course. Those who have been issued a $200+ citation have plenty of motivation to take the course, but a lesser known fact is that anyone can take the online course, any time, for free. TAPS is gearing up to heavily promote the bike safety course to new students this fall and we would like to invite you to refresh your bike safety knowledge as well.
The course is set up in two parts: an informational video followed by an “open note” quiz. The video is about 18 minutes long and though it was filmed in the early 1990’s, the clothes and hairstyles are just about the only thing out of date as the lessons are still important today (navigating a round-about). The video focuses on teaching how to avoid accidents and how to prevent injury if an accident is unavoidable. The quiz presents multiple choice and true/false questions about bicycle laws and safe cycling techniques. I found the quiz to be of moderate difficulty and especially insightful because you receive feedback explaining each answer. The entire course takes about 35-45 minutes to complete and I found it to be worth every minute.
To access the BEEP bike safety video, you may visit http://bikesafety.ucdavis.edu. You can log in using your Kerberos ID or by creating a username and password (for those not affiliated with the University). You may skip the section of the log in process that asks for your citation information if you are taking the course for educational purposes.