Cycling advocate Oisin O’Connor meets Shane Ross.
James Gallagher writes:
Think about it.
How many wheel friends have you got?
Cycling Ireland has partnered with AXA Insurance to create AXA Community Bike Rides, an exciting new programme that inspires people all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to get out on their bikes.
AXA Community Bike Rides are free social leisure rides for adults of all ages and abilities. A trained Ride Leader will ensure your cycle is both safe and enjoyable. Participants can choose from ‘Easy Going’ or ‘Challenging’ rides meaning there is a distance and pace to suit everyone….
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Cork city’s first cycle map.
The brainchild of the Transport & Mobility Forum (TMF) and the Cork Cycling Campaign, the routes were suggested by regular cyclists based on segregation, quality and connectedness.
TMF co-ordinator Sandy McGroarty said “cycling around Cork can be made more enjoyable by using the routes suggested on the map which are often safer, quieter and quicker than other routes”.
Cork city cycle map for locals and visitors launched (RTÉ)
Irish Plogging Divas tweets:
D-Day for decommissioning (just me?) bike stands in @ucddublin. I presume new ones will stand (groan) the test of time #cycling #Dublin #studentlife #bikes #DDay75 #OperationOverlord
From left: Assistant Garda Commissioner David Sheahan, Minister for Transport Shane Ross and RSA Chief Executive Moyagh Murdock launching a proposal to make it an offence to pass a cyclist closer than 1.5m on roads with 50kph limit or higher
Mr Ross said it had proved exceptionally difficult to draft legislation on a minimum passing distance that was constitutional and that could be enforced, and as a result the Bill would not proceed.
It is understood the Attorney General’s concerns centred on how the 1m and 1.5m distance could be measured for enforcement purposes.
He spoke too soon.
New law on drivers overtaking cyclists abandoned (Irish Times)
A Bloomsday bike messenger rally photocall last June
More than 14,000 bicycles, worth in excess of €2m, have been stolen over the past two-and-a-half years.
The scale of bike thefts is revealed in figures compiled by the Garda Analysis Services, which show that of the 14,000 bikes stolen since January 2016, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway are being targeted specifically.
These four cities account for 83% of the total number of thefts.
More than 6,000 bikes were stolen last year, a 7.5% increase year-on-year.
More than 14,000 bikes stolen since 2016 (RTÉ)
Fianna Fáil’s digital strategy turns to bikes.
Better late than never.
College Green, Dublin 2.
Previously: He Has A Plan For You
You are invited.
To a silent die-in “to protest deaths of people who cycle” outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 tomorrow at 6pm.
Mike McKillen writes:
This past week has seen the tragic killing of a young person cycling on Dublin roads, bringing the total number of cyclists killed this year to 5.
2017 was the deadliest year for people who cycle in Ireland with 15 deaths, the highest in 10 years.
The issue of safe streets is not just affecting people who cycle; 14 pedestrians have already lost their lives this year. It is worth noting that 2017 had the lowest number of fatalities for people in motorised vehicles in over a decade.
I BIKE Dublin and Dublin Cycling Campaign are conducting a silent demonstration tomorrow outside Leinster House at 6pmto express their sorrow and anger at this latest death on Irish roads, and to call on the government to invest in safer streets as a matter of urgency.
We are calling on the Government for –
A minimum of 10% of transport budget allocated for safe cycling and walking
Better design of cycling and walking infrastructure, especially at junctions where people are forced to interact with motor vehicles.
Dublin Cycling Campaign