The voluntary cycling proficiency test consists of a theoretical and practical part. To get the cycling license both parts have to be passed. The theoretical part of the test is taken by the class teacher at school. After passing the theoretical exam, your child can take the practical exam which is organized by the school and taken by the police in the local traffic education garden (mainly in Austrian capital cities) or in traffic environment (in smaller towns and communities). If both (theoretical and practical) parts of the cycling test have been passed, the cycling license will be sent to the child's home address.
Dates for the practical part of the cycling proficiency test can be organized with the competent authorities and the coordinators of the respective traffic education garden or road safety park. The responsible person for the traffic education garden in Graz is Mr. Stross, he can be reached under the phone number: 0664/6087285459. Appointments for the practical cycling proficiency test for schools can be arranged in November. After the reservation for a date for the practical test, your class is welcome to arrange a date for our bicycle training "Experts on streets" with our course coordinator in Graz, Mr. Jörg Ofner of FGM-AMOR, he can be reached under the phone number: 0699/18104525.
Schools can organize a bus to the traffic education garden, which can be done with the bus company Springer Reisen (Springer Travels). Please contact Ms. Kuss-Unterschweiger under her phone number: 0316/8060-132.
The preparation for the theoretical part of the cycling proficiency test mainly takes place in school. Your child will get the learning documents by the school teacher, which are provided by the Austrian Youth Red Cross. On behalf of the City of Graz, the Austrian Mobility Research (FGM-AMOR) offers a bicycle training in traffic as practical preparation for the cycling proficiency test. The parents play an important role in the preparation - practice cycling with your children in the real traffic area.
- Exam papers of the theoretical part of the cycling test
- Declaration of consent with photo of the child, signed by the parents/guardians (= template of the preparation booklet for the voluntary cycling proficiency test of the Austrian Youth Red Cross)
The preparation and implementation of the theoretical part of the cycling proficiency test will be generally done within the regular school lessons in the 4th grade of primary schools. The exam is voluntary and enables children at the age of 9 years (if they attend the 4th grade) resp. 10 to 12 years to ride a bike independently in traffic. The wearing of a bicycle helmet is mandatory for children under the age of 12 years. The parents or guardians are responsible for the child for wearing the helmet.
The cycling proficiency test consists of a theoretical and practical part. The theoretical exam is usually done in schools, the practical exam is taken by the local police. If both parts of the exam have been successfully passed, the cycling license will be sent to the child's home address after the 9th resp. 10th birthday. In this context, it shall be assumed that the required physical and mental aptitude for riding a bike and the knowledge of legal traffic regulations are established in the child.
A written consent by the parents/guardians must be obtained to admit the child to the cycling proficiency test. For sending the cycling license, the parents/guardians must make a written application (with passport photo of the child) (this will mainly be organized by the schools which will send the application to the competent authority).
The following requirements are needed to take part in the cycling proficiency test:
- Reaching the child's age of 9 resp. 10 years
- Physical and mental aptitude for riding a bike
- Knowledge of legal traffic regulations
Competent authority: district administration (Vienna: municipal department 46)