Tag Archives: Dublin Cycling Campaign

Yesterday.

Seems credible.

After all, they are the Road Safety Authority.

Not so fast..

Dublin Cycling Campaign writes:

Article 22 applies to mechanically propelled cycles (more commonly known as motorbikes). Article 29 applies to pedal cycles (bicycles). All of this information is freely available online.

Oh.

Thanks  Conor Kearney

This morning.

Dublin Cycling Campaign is launching a poetry competition on the theme of the beloved bicycle.

Mike McKillen writes:

Joyce-cycle is a pageant of over one hundred participants of all ages on bicycles on the theme of Irish writers, who will be participating in the St. Patrick’s Parade on behalf of Dublin Cycling Campaign.

As we joyfully celebrate the many Irish writers who incorporated the bicycle in their literature, Dublin Cycling Campaign is today launching a poetry competition in collaboration with Poetry Ireland on the theme of bicycles.

There will be a junior under 16 and senior category, with cash prizes ranging between €200 and €500.

It would be preferable if poems were no more than 40 lines, but can be as few lines as you wish.

The final date for submitting your poem is midnight on the 1st March and winners will be announced on the 7th of March.

Joyce-Cycle: Love Your Bike Poetry Competition (Dublin Cycling Campaign)

From top: cyclists protest outside Leinster House last year; Robert Troy

This afternoon.

At 12.47pm, the Dáil will vote on greater investment in cycling in a motion  brought by Fianna Fáil Transport Spokesperson Robert Troy.

Members of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour, Green Party, People Before Profit, Social Democrats and some independents have said they will support the motion which asks that Dáil Éireann recognise:

 That chronic congestion is grinding our cities and road arteries to a halt, making it more difficult and more unpleasant for people to get to work;

That Ireland lags behind our European peers in the provision of safe cycling infrastructure, such as dedicated cycle lanes, secure bike storage facilities and cyclist-friendly traffic lights.

That the largest cycling conference in the world is due to take place in Dublin in June 2019, and that Ireland needs to show progress on the development of cycling infrastructure;

And condemns:

 The considerable safety risks that cyclists face on Irish roads, owing to our poorly developed cycling infrastructure.

The current low funding allocations for cycling at only approximately two per cent of the overall land transport capital budget.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport’s failure to bring forward legislation requiring drivers to maintain a minimum distance when passing cyclists.

And calls on the Government to:

 Prioritise the rollout of dedicated cycle tracks, that are physically segregated from other road users, across the country;

 Place cycling infrastructure at the heart of transport infrastructure planning by appointing a dedicated cycling officer to every local authority at an appropriate level of seniority, and by establishing a dedicated cycling division within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to coordinate activity and projects across all departments;

Introduce cycle friendly legislative initiatives, similar to those of our European neighbours to promote the growth of cycling, including contra-flow cycling, left turn at red lights and joint use of pedestrian crossings.

Build on the successes of bike sharing schemes by expanding these schemes to major suburbs of towns and cities.

Revise the Bike to Work scheme to allow commuters to purchase a new bike every three years instead of every five years, and to extend this scheme to pensioners and unemployed people.

FIGHT!

Dáil to vote on motion on investment in cycling (DublinCyclingCampaign)

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Thanks Paul Corcoran

UPDATE:

In fairness.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Niall Ring (above) on his new ‘Official Bike’ watched by Members of Dublin Cycling Campaign this morning

But first I must learn how to ride my bicycle.

This morning.

Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Dublin Cycling Campaign tweetz:

This morning we handed over the new Official Bicycle to Thanks to everyone who helped crowdfund the bike, and to for supplying the fab CityGo bike at cost price. On your bike

Yesterday: Chain Included

Pic: Dublin Cycling Campaign

Astrid Fitzpatrick of the Dutch Bike Shop with the Dublin Lord Mayor’s new bike

Tomorrow, Dublin Cycling Campaign will present a new bicycle to Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Nial Ring,

Mike McKillen, of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, writes:

This will provide this Lord Mayor and future Lord Mayors a transport option to get around the city in a convenient, healthy and eco- friendly way.

The ‘Official’ Bicycle was crowdfunded by supporters of Dublin Cycling Campaign.

The bicycle is a Dutch-style city bicycle, which was provided at cost price by the Dutch Bike Shop in Goatstown [Dublin 14].

The bicycle, a Gazelle CityGo C3, is a robust city bike.

The front and rear light are integrated in the frame and are operated by dynamo, so batteries are a thing of the past.

There is both a ring lock and a chain lock included, the chain lock is stored away in a unique case that is built into the frame.

The pannier bag, also known as a saddle bag, sits on the rear carrier of the bike so that the bicycle carries the weight, rather than the rider….

Astrid Fitzpatrick of the Dutch Bike Shop says,

“We’re delighted to support this initiative and we really hope the Lord Mayor enjoys his new bike. We’ve provided a really superb Dutch bike for him, ideal for getting around Dublin’s streets as comfortably as possible.”

FIGHT!

Dublin Cycling Campaign

This morning.

The Quays, Dublin

Cyclists assemble for a mass ‘Lycra Pride’ cycle along the Liffey Quays in support of the – calling for safe, segregated cycling in Dublin city centre,

Dublin Cycling Campaign

Pics via Dublin Bay South Green Party, Kevin O’Farrell, Alfred E Neuman and Rory Cooke

A traffic survey carried out by the Dublin Cycling Campaign on Ormonde Quay, Dublin 1  (top) last week has revealed how popular cycling has become for people commuting into the city centre, despite the lack of dedicated cycling infrastructure.

Last week, a man’s leg was crushed beneath a bus as he cycled across Butt Bridge towards Custom House Quay while another man was seriously injured on Monday when he was knocked down while cycling along Usher’s Quay.

On Wednesday last, between 8-9.15am. a study was carried out by the Dublin Cycling Campaign where vehicles travelling along Ormond Quay towards the city centre were counted.

The results show that bicycles account for almost half of all vehicles travelling along the quay during rush hour, with 1,126 bikes recorded out of a total vehicle count of 2,314, giving bicycles a 49% share of all vehicles.

The Dublin Cycling Campaign write:

One of the standout statistics from the survey was that bicycles outnumbered private cars by a ratio of almost 2:1.

A previous traffic study at this location, carried out by Dublin City Council in May 2017, recorded bicycles as having a 25% share of vehicular traffic.

While Dublin Cycling Campaign’s rush hour figure of 49% is not directly comparable, it does highlight how the City Council and the NTA may be underestimating the need and the demand for dedicated cycling infrastructure on the Liffey Quays.

It is important to note that the section of the Quays where the study was carried out, Ormond Quay, has no dedicated cycling infrastructure
. There is a bus lane on Ormond Quay, which is also technically a cycle lane, but there is no physical segregation between people on bikes and motor vehicles.

The study also shows how busy the bus lane was, with 200 buses using the route between 8.00am and 9.15am. This means that 1,126 cyclists “shared” the bus lane with 200 buses during rush hour.

…itreinforces Dublin Cycling Campaign’s demand for urgent action to be taken to progress the construction of the Liffey Cycle Route.

This segregated cycle route, which was first proposed in 2011, has withered in the hands of Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority for long enough and we are now calling for real leadership to realise the scheme.

In order to increase pressure on the decision-makers, Dublin Cycling Campaign has decided to hold monthly demonstrations along the Liffey Quays until the Liffey Cycle Route is built.

The first of these protests will take place on Sunday 8th of July, with demonstrators meeting at Grand Canal Square for an 11am start, before cycling en masse along the Liffey Quays.

These mass cycling protests will continue until progress has been made, and will increase in their frequency and their intensity if there is no obvious progress.

New Study Reveals Huge Numbers Commuting by Bike on Dublin’s Quays (DublinCyclingCampaign)

Thanks Kieran

The first car free Sunday in Paris, France resulted in a 40% drop in air pollution and a 50% fall in noise pollution. 

Dublin Cycling Campaign writes:

Would you like to see Car-Free Sundays in Dublin City Centre? Sign our petition [at link below] to ask Dublin City Council to trial the concept this Summer. If it’s good enough for Paris, it’s good enough for Dublin!

FIGHT!/Sign petition here

Pic via Dublin Cycling Campaign

Yesterday evening.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Cyclists perform a ‘die-in outside Leinster House to highlight the dangers faced by cyclists on Irish roads.

Previously: For Tomorrow We Die

Dublin Cycling Campaign

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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

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