In the 1980s in Ireland, nearly half of school children cycled to school. In the last 20 years, these numbers have plummeted. Busier lives, longer communities, more congestion, unsafe roads, have created an environment not conducive to safe cycling for our most vulnerable in society. The cycle bus is just one intervention aiming to break that cycle. Getting a critical mass of children cycling to school every day will encourage others to do likewise. Parents want their children to be active. They want to see them fit and healthy. But our communities are dominated by car-centric planning. We aim to change that.
The cycle bus was founded by Galway man Alan Curran, who wanted to cycle his 5-year-old to school which he was starting in that Sept. In Knocknacarra, a bust suburb in Galway, there were no safe routes to the local school, and the cycle lanes that did exist were completely substandard. Over the Summer, the team spoke to the school and received valuable feedback on the barriers to active travel. They mapped the area, and conducted risk assessments. They used social media very effectively to promote the concept and drum up support with stakeholders in the community. In October 2018, they began the first cycle bus in Ireland. with 25 students and 8 adults.
More CycleBuses have since been set up in 8 locations across Ireland.
What you can do
You can find out what's involved in starting a CycleBus in your local community by reading our 5 step guide below. Once you're ready to go [fill in this short form] (http://www.changex.org/cycle-bus/start) and we'll make sure you have everything you need to get started.
How to get involved
You will need approximately 1 hour per day excluding cycle bus travelling to manage your Cycle Bus groups and stakeholders.