From top: cyclists protest outside Leinster House last year; Robert Troy
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;
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.
Thanks Paul Corcoran
This is huge @rtenews @NewstalkFM @IrishTimes @Independent_ie @irishexaminer @broadsheet_ie @thejournal_ie @breakingnewsie The Dail has made a major turnaround and demanded the Government fund and foster safe cycling in our cities and country – @RobertTroyTD's motion https://t.co/rbWtY6CdLC
— Sinabhfuil (@Sinabhfuil) January 17, 2019