Cyclists Are Better Drivers, Study Concludes | CPOfficial

Headlines are quick hits from media outlets from Missouri and around the world. Follow the headline link for the full story. The source of this headline says:

According to a study from Australia which sought to establish how people process visual information while driving, people with experience of cycling are of a more attentive when at the wheel car. . . .

Based on existing studies, researchers had expected the cyclist-drivers group to perform better. . . .

What did the study show?

* That "cyclist-drivers were significantly faster than drivers at identifying changes, with the effect being largest for bicycle and sign changes"

* That "cycling experience is associated with more efficient attentional processing for road scenes"

MoBikeFed comment: Anyone who has taken a bike ed course--or just ridden a bicycle much--knows that bicycling on the road takes all the skills of driving, and a few more. And, for example, teenagers who learn to cycling skills on the road first make better and safer drivers later.