A helpful reminder from traffic school
That means you!
During the Traverse City Film Festival’s Kids Fest, TCFF and TART Trails hosted a traffic safety course as part of the Health and Safety Day. Watching it for a brief period reminded me that we have a long way to go in creating public behavior on our roadways that is respectful, courteous, and focused on safety. Kudos to those involved for the attempt to teach such some basic rules and ethics of the road.
A lot more could be done on the eduction side to help counter a public realm designed to reward high speeds and the most dangerous mode over the most vulnerable. As well, since our enforcement tends to be mis-directed and slack in all the wrong places, perhaps early age education (through play) could be the beginning of a shift to a more inviting and safe street system.
I’m reminded of the following introduction to traffic school in the City of Utrecht, Netherlands that offers at an early age the knowledge and experience needed for multi-modal public sphere. Students in the Traffic Garden learn that if they can’t act responsibly, the privilege of operating a motorized-vehicle will be taken away. The lessons are set-up as a game, where students earn the privilege to use different modes, the top earner being the ambulance.
Is there anything like this going in the United States?
Traffic Garden via StreetFilms