Vuelta Sports Association (leading organisation, HU)
Vuelta Sports Association, the leading organisation of Safe4Cycle2 project is dealing with safety cycling education since 2004. In the beginning the organisation has implemented ‘cycling project days’ in dozens of primary schools bringing there a bikeability track and giving lessons about safety cycling in the classrooms. In 2008 Vuelta SA has developed and implemented as a pilot project a safety cycling educational program in Hungary, based on Western European best practices, focusing on practicing with the pupils, to improve their cycling skills. Since safety cycling courses have been organized in more than 70 primary schools.
In 2013 Vuelta SA had been asked by the Office of Education (Oktatási Hivatal) to develop the curriculum of an optional subject for primary schools in the field of safety cycling, that chose primary schools as an optional subject (3-4th and 5-6th class). In addition a training for trainers course has been developed for teachers, in order to prepare them for safety cycling education. The curriculum consists both of theoretical and practical knowledge.
From 2015 till 2018 Vuelta SA had been coordinating an Erasmus+ project with a Romanian, an Austrian and a Dutch partner to improve our curriculum and professional skills, getting acquainted with safety cycling educational programs of the project partners and the trends in cycling also to have more experience about the whole issue.
The greatest impact of the previous project was that Vuelta SA could call attention for the importance of safety cycling at the highest levels of the Hungarian government. After closing the Safe4Cycle project, the Workbook and the Mentors’ Handbook had been completed with the rules for pedestrians in cooperation with the Institute for Transport Sciences, the Commission on Prevention of Accidents of the Hungarian Police, the Hungarian Cyclists’ Club with the coordinating role of Vuelta SA. The new, completed Workbook was delivered to all the 4th and 5th class students in November 2018 and all 4th class students in September 2019 (all together 300.000 copies).
Vuelta SA is working for a safety cycling educational system that covers the whole country, like in Austria, in Slovenia or in the Czech Republic, with a theoretical and practical exam for 4th or 5th class pupils. The Erasmus+ projects can help us in development of educational materials, and in gaining experience in the field of safety cycling education in different countries in Europe. We are trying to build in all the best practices in our activities to give our best to the children and their teachers and parents.
Vuelta Sports Association is a part of the Vuelta Sports Office, that should be mentioned as the background of the organisation. The Vuelta Sports Office is organizing various cycling events beside cycling education. The biggest event of Vuelta Sport Office is the Tour de Hongrie, the Hungarian UCI 2.1 category stage race, but there are different cycling events organized for amateur cyclist also, like Tour de Balaton, Mátra MTB Marathon, Isaszeg Túra, etc. Every year thousands of people are participating at the above mentioned events.
Mariborska kolesarska mreža (SLO)
Maribor Cycling Network (Mariborska kolesarska mreža-MKM) is a non-profit, voluntary, non-governmental organisation for promotion and development of urban cycling. The main goal of the organization is that traffic become more friendly to people and environment. The organization exists since 1994, and it was officially founded as association in 2001. The main activities are the following: promotion of cycling, advocacy, lobbying, research, education and social programs. At the field of education MKM is organizing different workshops and lectures about traffic safety, sustainable mobility, bicycle maintenance and repair.
MKM is the coordinator of the first mobility center in Slovenia - Mobility Centre Maribor, which serves as a support facility for the development of sustainable mobility in Maribor and surrounding area. In the framework of mobility centre MKM developed many programs which contribute to the local
community such as, Bajk Kuhna (bike self-repair program), Infoshop (information point for sustainable mobility and green tourism), individual mobility consulting, testing of green vehicles, recycling facility, managing of bicycle station in front of the Maribor main railway station. Although the organization is non-profit, it has some profit services, such as bike rental, bike shop, bike repairs, organised bike tours, mobility plans and ticket sales for public transportation. MKM is taking active role in the organization of promotional events on the field of sustainable mobility, environment, health and culture. It plays vital role in the organisation of European mobility week in Maribor for many years etc.
At the field of education MKM provides diferent training workshops about safe cycling in traffic, sustainable mobility and bicycle repair. The organisation collaborates with primary schools and Road safety council every year at the time of cycling exams, and also with high schools and University by
taking students into practice and give them oportunity to gain experience with work in NGO.
Fundația Comunitară Mureș (RO)
The Mures Community Foundation was founded in 2011, since then the main activities of the organisation are the following: supporting local NGO-s and initiatives, organizing fundraising events (SWIMATHON, Donor Circles, Pedaling for a good case), building local funds for financing different local projects (STIINTESCU - education).
One of the main goals of the organisation is to improve cycling conditions in Târgu Mureș and fighting for a sustainable urban mobility. In this field Mures Community Foundation is organizing annually 3 big events for cyclists - Critical Mass (twice a year - April and September) and SkirtBike. During the European Mobility Week they have a lot of awareness actions, like Traffic Snake Game, and Walking Streets, Parking Days, Breakfast for Bikers. In the last 6 years Mures Community Foundation has studied every year the number of traffic accidents in which cyclists were involved – and they have found out that 50% of them are happened because the cyclists didn’t respect the traffic rules. As development of the cyclist infrastructure is not a task of a civil organisation, they have decided to implement a cycling education program. The name of the program is Velo Academy, that targets pupils between 14-18 years how to cycle respecting the traffic rules. The basis of this program is the BringaAkadémia program of Vuelta Sport Association. Mures Community Foundation has been involved in the previous Safe4Cycle project also.
The Bikeability Trust (UK)
The Bikeability Trust, the project partner from the United Kingdom, is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation whose object is to advance the education of the public in general (and particularly amongst children) on the subject of cycling.
The Trust manages, develops and promotes the Bikeability programme, supports local Bikeability commissioners, schemes and instructors, and distributes Bikeability award materials. Bikeability is government-recognised, practical and professional training, with the aim of improve cycling skills of
the trainees: the cyclists are more skilled and more confident once they’ve taken part.
Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme in the United Kingdom. which is about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.