Reminding child cyclists about safety gestures

Andrii Matviienko, Swamy Ananthanarayan, Raphael Kappes, Wilko Heuten, Susanne Boll

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Cycling safety gestures, such as hand signals and shoulder checks, are an essential part of safe manoeuvring on the road. Child cyclists, in particular, might have difficulties performing safety gestures on the road or even forget about them, given the lack of cycling experience, road distractions and differences in motor and perceptual-motor abilities compared with adults. To support them, we designed two methods to remind about safety gestures while cycling. The first method employs an icon-based reminder in heads-up display (HUD) glasses and the second combines vibration on the handlebar and ambient light in the helmet. We investigated the performance of both methods in a controlled test-track experiment with 18 children using a mid-size tricycle, augmented with a set of sensors to recognize children's behavior in real time. We found that both systems are successful in reminding children about safety gestures and have their unique advantages and disadvantages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings, Pervasive Displays 2020
Subtitle of host publicationThe 9th ACM International Symposium On Pervasive Displays
EditorsEnrico Rukzio, Jan Gugenheimer
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379861
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays 2020 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jun 20205 Jun 2020
Conference number: 9th (Proceedings) (Website)


ConferenceACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays 2020
Abbreviated titlePerDis 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • safety gestures
  • child cyclists
  • HUD glasses
  • cycling safety

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