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Cyclist training and education

Presentation by Kevin Mayne at Veloforum 2012, Yevpatoria (Ukraine)

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Cyclist training and education

  1. 1. ECF gratefully acknowledges financialsupport from the European Commission. Cyclist training and education Kevin Mayne, Development Director ECF
  2. 2. Contents• Where we started – 2007 presentation from Velo-city• 2012 Update
  3. 3. How the development of cyclisttraining courses benefits cycling and cycling promoters Shared experience from the UK and Switzerland
  4. 4. Contents• CTC’s UK experience• IG Velo’s Swiss experience• Methodology• Comparisons – Development of course contents • By level of cycling skill • By type of client • For instructors – The benefits of cyclist training • To cycling policy • To host organisations – Developing resources for new cycle training schemes• Conclusions
  5. 5. UK - History• First schemes 1930s• Offroad child scheme 1940s-1990s – 300,000 annual participants – Almost entirely road danger focussed• Adult cycle training scheme 2003 – Trip focussed – Merged with child on road scheme 2005• Significant government funding for change 2005-8
  6. 6. Switzerland 1996-2006 Participants 8000 7000 6000 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000 0 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Communities 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
  7. 7. Methodology• Two schemes developed in isolation• Information sharing via ECF• Common ground – 3 level scheme• Comparison – Best practice – Common transferable experience
  8. 8. Comparison – Course Content – Skills IG Velo Switzerland CTC - UK1st Level A: “Cycling in Level 1. “Basic skills of safe surroundings” cycling.” •Traffic free •Off road2nd Level B: “First rides” Level 2: “Introduction to road cycling” •Safe surroundings, quiet streets •Low levels of traffic3rd Level C “Riding in city Level 3. “Road cycling traffic” trips” •Busy streets •All conditions - sharing roads
  9. 9. Comparison Course Content – Clients IG Velo Switzerland CTC - UKYounger Complementary schemes Recognises changes of journeyChildren School – basic skills type at different ages IG Velo – riding on streets Level 2 = Primary schoolParents Theory and observation at children’s lessonsTeenagers Reminders about good skills Level 3 designed for teenagers and adultsAdults –Moving to the countryside -Health improvement –Re-starting after a break -Rehabilitation –Accompanying children -Fitness –Elderly -Promotion of social inclusion –Mostly women -Cycle maintenance & rides. -Majority female
  10. 10. Learning by example
  11. 11. Comparison – Course Content - Instructors IG Velo Switzerland CTC - UKObjectives Guiding children & Creating accredited, parents in groups. Right insured instructors theory and behaviour experienced transport cyclistsMaterials Handbooks ManualsTraining 3 levels Single 4 day courseQuality assurance Audit by Swiss Traffic Created an independent Security Council Cycle Training Standards Board
  12. 12. Comparison – Benefits to cycling Switzerland UKSupport Give knowledge Empowerment for Reduce anxiety potential cyclistsSafety Teaching the Reducing right way casualtiesPopularity Repeated Link - recreational participation and utility cyclingImage improvement Trained cyclists Deals with are a good negative and image for cycling illegal behaviours of cyclists
  13. 13. Comparison - Benefits to host organisations IG Velo Switzerland CTC - UKBuilding Relationships State authorities, From lobbyist to other cycle strategic partner organisationsBranding Image advantage Media friendly - great imagesConsumer profile Potential Changes range of customers cycling activities /members offeredIncome generating Employers Government fundsLobbying Working with new Changing emphasis – partners from danger to trips
  14. 14. Comparison – Creating resources IG Velo - Switzerland CTC - UK Materials Materials Web site Web siteServices for new Courses Coursesand existing trainingschemes 4 module scheme for Professional support setting up new courses Helpline •Introductions •Consultancy •Visits •Capacity Building •Mentoring scheme •Training •Government grants & bursaries
  15. 15. Conclusions• Training is popular, cheap and effective• Safety, promotion and cyclist behaviour at the same time• Can focus on children, families and new cyclists• Can cater for children and adults• 3 level schemes meet all needs• Instructor training is the cornerstone• Organisations that promote training gain significant benefits• Support for knowledge transfer from IG Velo and CTC
  16. 16. Contents• Where we started – 2007 presentation from Velo-city• 2012 Update
  17. 17. 2012: UK• Adopted across the UK• Government budgets €50 Million for Bikeability lessons 2011-2015• 500,000 children per year trained to make trips by bike• 5000+ trained and paid instructors• 50% of delivery through organisations and social businesses linked to advocacy sector• Strengthening more advocacy – Ministerial influence
  18. 18. 2012 - International• Hungary• Portugal• Estonia• Belgium• Denmark• Netherlands• Canada
  19. 19. Conclusion?