The role of skills, attitudes and perceived behavioural control in the pedestrian decision making of adolescents aged 11 – 15 years

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2006
  • Authors: A. Tolmie, J. Thomson, R. O’Conno, H. Foot, E. Karagiannidou, M. Banks, C. O’Donnell and P. Sarvary
  • Date Added: 28 Jan 2013
  • Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf


To investigate the peak in pedestrian RTIs occurring to young adolescents. Safe route planning is incorporated as one component of a study to identify whether the target group have the skills to deal with complex traffic environments.


In assessing safe route planning, bespoke computer assessments and accompanied site visits were used. Groups were selected by age and both adults and primary-aged children carried out the same assessments to form comparison groups.

Key Findings:

Results showed a gradual increase with age of incidence of safe routes, as well as a reduction in variability of results. The significance of age was significant, but not a strong trend in safe route planning for adolescents.Adolescents typically under-estimated task difficulty compared to primary and adult groups, and failed to attend to feedback. This was most evident in 13 – 15 year olds, suggesting problems were more acute some time after the transition to secondary school. Again, the trends were not entirely consistent or conclusive.

Themes: adolescents, behaviour, skills, feedback


Safe route planning is only a small part of this study, but the work does give an indication of how behaviours and skills develop with age.