Mobility and Transport

Clean transport, Urban transport

3.3 Cycle training

3.3 Cycle training


Provision of cycle training increases the ability of individuals to cycle and to follow appropriate traffic rules. It addresses all population groups, with a strong focus on children (specifically pupils).

Considerations for applicability

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Level of cycling

Cycle training is more necessary and challenging in cities with a low-level of cycling. Convincing people to participate might be hampered by the low level of cycling and perception of cycling as a potentially dangerous mode of transport.

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Urban layout/topography

Topography can contribute to the level of cycling within a city. Hilly cities, with many steep areas may dissuade people from cycling, potentially exacerbated by other conditions limiting cycling uptake in low-cycling level cities. Where people are offered the opportunity to test pedelecs / e-bikes (as part of cycle training), this may help to overcome barriers related to hilly terrain.

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Cycling training can be tailored to all population groups but is of specific relevance for children and elderly people. Cities may want to invest in training for adults aged over 50, as a measure to encourage the uptake or ongoing use of cycling amongst this group. 

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Finance Resources

Cycling training is a low-cost measure mainly comprising of staff costs, which can be kept low with the involvement of target group staff (e.g. kindergarten, schools) as well as police. Equipment costs are only of relevance when bicycles are provided by the training organisers.

Investment costs only arise from the implementation of a dedicated cycle training area, which can be provided by the city or by other non-public entities, such as large traffic associations.

The Graz example of road safety training for primary school pupils shows costs of about €24/pupil.

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Time & Human Resources

Time and human resource requirements depend on the scope of the training programme being considered: single training events require considerably less of both, than a city-wide training programme for all pupils of a certain age category e.g. 4th grade at primary school. For single training events, a few months are needed for preparation, promotion and implementation. In contrast, a large programme may require up to a year. The necessary human resources are usually below one full-time person for the associated timespan. Even large programmes can be organised by one person. However, implementation requires a minimum of two people to manage the practical elements, but will also depend on teh number of people anticipated to participate in the training.

Measure impact highlight

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Increased road safety is one of the main impacts of cycling training, achieved through learning, applying traffic rules and by being well-skilled cyclists able to cycle safely in traffic.

Note: An overview of the direct and indirect impacts resulting from correctly implemented cycling measures is available in Challenges that cities face and how cycling can address them

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