Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (16)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

18 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce cyclist training schemes through local authorities in large urban areas to increase safety awareness as has been done in London. [23036/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

Cycle training for school children is currently provided under local authority assisted programmes, under Green Schools Travel Flag programmes and by Cycling Ireland. Such training is often supported by the Road Safety Authority also. Objective 11 of the National Cycling Policy recognises the need to improve cycling standards and cyclist's behaviour on the road including development of national cycle training programmes and a curriculum for the training of cycle instructors. A group has been examining the development of a National Cycle Training Programme for school children. This process has involved An Taisce, Cycling Ireland, The Department of Education and Skills, Donegal Co Council, Dublin City Council, the RSA, the NTA and my Department. Part of this process will be the introduction of a national standard for cycle instructors. I expect to receive proposals from my Department arising from this work in the coming months.

Question No. 19 answered with Question No. 17.