Students of the Howest Teacher Study Programme Prepare Pupils for the Bicycle Exam
25 second-year students from the bachelor programme Primary Education of Howest will assist sixth- grade primary school pupils from twelve primary schools in Assebroek and Sint-Andries when practicing the traffic rules. In this way, the pupils are extra prepared for the bicycle exam while the Howest students can gain useful practical experience.
Practice-Oriented Traffic Education
For the first time in Flanders, 25 students from the Howest teacher study programme are integrated in the final preparation for the bicycle exam. Thanks to this support, the second-year students from the Primary Education study programme can gain extra practical experience and at the same time they also offer an added value to the teachers and pupils of the sixth grade of primary school. Indeed, the future teachers will help the pupils to exercise skills such as turning left and right, crossing a busy road, taking a traffic circle, avoiding an obstacle or applying the priority regulations correctly, rehearsing these in real traffic. Moreover, the Howest students also received the necessary training along one of the VEROs.
400 Pupils From 12 Primary Schools
The coaching by the Howest students will take place along two of the six signposted VEROs (traffic education routes) that are provided for by the Bruges prevention service in 2021. A VERO is a signposted cycling route through a borough along which young cyclists, aged 10 to 12, can gain the necessary traffic experience with their teacher or (grand)parents. At the end of primary education, they take a real-life 25-minute cycling test along the entire route.
25 Howest students and some 400 sixth-grade pupils from 12 primary schools in Assebroek and Sint-Andries are taking part in this Bruges pilot project. The pupils will practice at least one more time with their parents or grandparents along the VERO before they take the individual bicycle exam along these routes at the end of April and the beginning of May.
More information about traffic education routes in Bruges can be found on www.brugge.be/verkeerseducatieve-route