What is Cycle Right ?


CYCLE RIGHT is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training to promote competent and confident cyclists. CYCLE RIGHT is an inclusive programme

CYCLE RIGHT is produced and supported by the Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland, with input from central and local agencies and other groups.

The Cycle Right programme is an eight hour programme which we deliver over six sessions of 1 hour and 20 minutes each.

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Who can access Cycle Right?

Training is available to ONE class level per primary school annually, recommended to be a senior class grouping (4th, 5th or 6th) according to school preference. 

The exception is where schools have combined classes (eg 5th and 6th combined) – here groupings may participate together, but the school will only be able to avail of training again when they have a group of children who has not been involved in training before.
This will ensure that as many children as possible can access CYCLE RIGHT Stage One training.

Goals of Cycle Right

  • To ensure best-practice cycle training is delivered across Ireland.
  • To provide participants with the skills needed to move as cyclists in complex, changing, road environments.
  • To train participants to apply dynamic thinking, assessing conditions and the environment on the road as they go through their journey.

Benefits of Cycle Right

  • CYCLE RIGHT will offer those taking part the skills to cycle confidently on the road network, from novice to competent cyclists.
  • CYCLE RIGHT is delivered over three stages with participants gaining skills and knowledge on a phased basis, preparing them to cycle in increasingly complex road scenarios.
  • All CYCLE RIGHT training is delivered by registered trainers.
  • Training will be delivered to the CYCLE RIGHT programme with defined outcomes and according to trainee/trainer ratios which facilitate the learning process.
  • Ongoing quality assurance and annual trainer registration will be part of the CYCLE RIGHT process to ensure consistent quality in programme delivery.
  • CYCLE RIGHT offers a programme uniquely suited to the Irish environment, taking account of rural, suburban and urban conditions that are regularly encountered in close proximity.

Cost of Cycle RIght  Programme

  • Cycle Right costs only €25 per child (Normally €60 but is heavily subsidised by The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, with the Road Safety Authority - The remaining cost of training will vary according to additional supports from local authorities and/or local sports partnerships)
  • The Department of Transport, with the Road Safety Authority, part funds the programme., the remaining cost of training will vary occasionally according to additional supports from local authorities and/or local sports partnerships - the average cost per child after funding is usually €15 - €20 per head.

How is the programme structured?

At Stage One (8 hours), based at an off-road location such as a school or other centre, trainees take bicycle and road skills training, mixed with theoretical and Rules of the Road instruction. At this stage on the road, trainees go on short, instructor-led cycles, guided and directed on correct positioning and decision-making. This stage is all about showing trainees how the techniques they have learned work on the road. This is done over 6 weeks.

Ratio of trainer to trainee at Stage One is:

  • 1:30 for classroom work
  • 1:15 for yard-based practical
  • 2:10 for on-road work.

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