Recreational Cycle Route Planning & Development

Course Aim:

To equip learners with the knowledge and skills to aid the planning and development of recreational cycle routes in Ireland.


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Target Audience:

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

Course Topics:

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes:

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

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