200 volunteers are wanted to take park in the piloting of non-mandtory adult cycling safety training in Ireland.
The roll-out of the Cycle Right programme — the national cycling training standard — is already on-going across schools in Ireland. Cycling Ireland and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are now looking to trial Cycle Right for adults.
The expansion of Cycle Right to adults would fulfill a promise in the National Cycle Policy to “develop and organise a service to provide cycling training for adults returning to cycling and those who never cycled before.”
The trial will be funded by the RSA, although, in the future, such training will likely be offered for a fee.
Groups of 6-8 individuates will be selected around the country based on the local interest and availability of trainers in February or March.
“The process will begin, in the immediate term, with pilot training and interested potential participant groups/individuals are being sought, who are currently engaged in leisure cycling, are commuting by bike and/or are involved in cycling clubs. These pilot courses will be fully funded,” said Cycling Ireland on its website.
It added: “Post-training feedback will be sought from both trainers and participants with a view to informing the future training model.”
The training in the trail will total three hours, possibly broken up into different formats, such as three one-hour sessions, one three hour session or two 90 minute session.
Anybody interested in volunteers are asked to use the contact page of the Cycle Right website to express an internist in doing so before Monday February 19, with target start date of he end February or early March.
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