Recreational Cycle Route Planning & Development
To equip learners with the knowledge and skills to aid the planning and development of recreational cycle routes in Ireland.
This course is suitable for individuals working in the recreation/tourism/transport/cycling areas but will be of particular interest to:
- Those involved with and/ or are responsible for planning and developing cycle routes.
- Those involved in funding and or approving cycle route projects.
- Staff within Local Authorities (including Cycling Officers) and other state agencies with a role related to cycling
- Rural/Community Development representatives
- National and local policy for cycling infrastructure provision
- Technical guidance/standards
- International context and trends for cycling route development.
- The different types of cyclists - and the different types of bicycles/cycles (and main accessories).
- What is a good recreational cycling trail?
- Key issues and considerations for planning cycling routes
- The process for cycling route planning and development.
- Estimating the indicative costs for planning, developing and maintaining a recreational cycling route
Course will be delivered over two days with classroom sessions and a site visit by bicycle to observe cycling friendly infrastructure.
On completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the strategic policy context for cycle route development in Ireland
- Comment on broad developments/trends in the international field of recreational cycle route development
- Describe the needs and expectations of different types of cyclists
- Demonstrate an understanding of the features and characteristics of a recreational cycling trail which is ‘fit for purpose’
- Comment on common mistakes in cycling trail design
- Outline key considerations which need to be addressed when planning and developing recreational cycling trails including legal, statutory, environmental, planning issues etc.
- Assess the viability of a proposal for development
- Apply a step-by-step process to a cycle route project