What is a Cycle Bus?
A Cycle Bus is a fun way to travel to school with students cycling along a designated route with parents accompanying them. It is a parent/guardian/community-led initiative whereby several parents and volunteers lead groups of cycling students to one or more schools. Cycle Buses have a specific route with stops along the way where students can join.
Everyone has a right to cycle to school and a Cycle Bus can ensure a safer journey with everyone cycling together in a convoy.
Where are Cycle Buses currently located?
How to get started with your own Cycle Bus:
The Cycle Bus Guide gives background information on Cycle Buses as well as a basic list on how to get started and where to find support.
The School Cycle Bus Planning Document is an extensive document created by a team in Galway that provides detailed information on planning, communication, marshalling, sample documents and much more.
The sample documents are basic word documents that your Cycle Bus can edit how you see fit. The sample documents include guidelines with a space for route map, pupil contract, parent consent form, volunteer interest form, and a sample letter to the school principal. Each Cycle Bus is unique and may use all or none or even different documents to organise their group, feel free to do what suits your group best.
The poster can be used to promote your Cycle Bus in schools on the noticeboard, parents board, staff room, on the school website, etc.
Funding is available through the CycleBus Community on ChangeX for cycle buses in Dublin. Find out more on the ChangeX website.
Free Online Training
CYCLE RIGHT is the National Standard for Cycle Training and is produced and supported by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. This course is designed to prepare all cyclists (or future cyclists) to move through the road system in the safest possible way both for themselves and other road users. A great resource for anyone wanting to feel more confident on a bike is the cycle right online course, which can be taken by anyone at any time, for free. This course – which takes approximately 3 hours- focuses on increasing your knowledge on five different areas, such as:
- Preparing for the road – clothing, helmet, bike, conditions, and wayfinding
- Cycling with others – awareness of other road users, cycling in groups, cycling with children
- Being on the road – positioning, turning, other vehicles
- Knowing the roads – road infrastructure, slip roads, hard shoulders, cycle paths, bus lanes, rail tracks
- Visibility – the importance of being seen on the road
The course is organised in a set of different modules which can be taken individually or all together. The whole course is interactive and well presented with demo video as well. At the end of each module, you will find a short quiz to test your understanding and when finishing and passing all the modules you will receive a certificate.
In addition to this –for pupils who are in schools currently working on the Travel or Global Citizenship Travel themes – Green-Schools can offer in person cycle training and bike maintenance training for students as well as a get in gear training for parents and teachers. If your child’s school is currently working on the Travel or Global Citizenship themes, get in touch with us and we can put you in contact with the relevant Travel Officer for this training.
Would you like support in starting or maintaining your Cycle Bus?
The Cycle Bus Network brings together volunteers from cycle buses all around Ireland to create a cycle bus community. In this Network, volunteer leaders can share their cycle bus expertise, tips, queries, and troubleshoot issues as they come up. The Network is an excellent platform for established cycle buses to help new cycles buses get started as well as share successes and challenges of running a cycle bus. As the goal of cycle buses is for children to cycle safely to school, this Network helps to unite cycle buses around the country and create more visibility. As a member of the Cycle Bus Network, cycle buses have access to meetings, events, support and resources.
Help us build a nationwide Cycle Bus Network by registering your Cycle Bus with Green-Schools to ensure that everyone can link in for advice, support and solidarity. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What do people say about cycle buses?
I like to cycle because it lowers the amount of pollution and extinction of animals
Since the cycle bus began the children are coming into school more energised, ready to learn. They’re socialising on the way here, they’re chatting away so as soon as they land at school they’re awake, they’re alive, they’re ready for their learning. I get to see them on days they’ve been on the bus and they come by car and there is a drastic difference in their energy levels and concentration levels so as a teacher it’s just a huge bonus.
I find it a really really nice way to meet with the adults and the kids and I think we all arrive at the school really relaxed and ready to learn.
I really like it and I feel very safe doing it because I’m doing it in a big group and I especially like the cycle lane on the bridge.
I like to cycle to school with my Daddy on the cycle bus and when you’re on the bike you get to pass out traffic.
The bike bus at D12, ETNS is a climate action plan. It is a group of parents that want to reduce our reliance on cars so we are out here cycling.
Have you started a Cycle Bus?
Get in touch with the Cycle Bus Network to link in with other buses around the country: email@example.com