What is a Cycle Bus?
A Cycle Bus is a great 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. City-wide cycle buses have been operating successfully for students of multiple schools in Galway, Limerick
and Dublin since early 2019 and have now spread to other places around the country such as Cork City, Skibbereen and Strandhill to name a few.
Everyone has a right to cycle to school and a Cycle Bus can ensure a safer journey with everyone cycling together in a convoy.
What is the Cycle Bus Network?
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.
Funding is available through the CycleBus Community on ChangeX for cycle buses in Dublin. Find out more on the ChangeX website.
How to get started with your own Cycle Bus:
Check out the Cycle Bus Guide! Below you can find three versions of this guide depending on your use:
Here you can find sample documents for use when starting up your own cycle bus. Please download this document and edit it as you see fit. Each cycle bus is unique and so your guidelines documents will be too.
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.