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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

Summer is here at last and we are enjoying the longer evenings to cycle around the city. We are also preparing for Bike Week which runs from the 13-21 June with plans for the biggest ever Phoenix Park Bike Week Festival. Come along to our June meeting if you would like to get involved in the planning for this week-long event. The meeting is at 8pm on Monday 8th June in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. We plan to have a World Café format, so we can share ideas and plan for Bike Week and the rest of the year ahead of us. If you are new to the cycling campaign this is a great way for you to meet the other volunteers and find out what the campaign has been up to.

The Dublin Cycling Campaign is a membership organisation that represents everyday cyclists. If you're not already a paid up member of the Cycling Campaign please join today. Your membership subscription provides much needed funding and, just as importantly, it validates us advocating on your behalf. The more members we have the stronger a voice we have to represent all cyclists in Dublin!

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Cycling Campaigners Back in Electric Picnic!

We’re back in the Picnic! Dublin Cycling Campaign is delighted to be invited back to be part of the fabulous Global Green Area of the Electric Picnic festival this year. This will be our 7th year in a row at the Picnic, and once again we’ll be bringing together some of the more colourful strands of the cycling advocacy community all around Ireland for three days of mixing and mingling and all sorts of bicycle craic!

If you are artistically inclined, LOVE bicycles, ADORE festivals and want to help us create a bicycle-tastic element to what is undoubtedly the best large festival in Ireland, please contact Damien Ó Tuama (National Cycling Coordinator, damodublin@hotmail.com) who will be coordinating the cycling community’s activities this year.
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AGM 2015 - Monday 13th July - Advance Notice!

A date for your diary! Monday 13th July at the Central Hotel for the 2015 AGM of Dublin Cycling Campaign. Details available in next month's newsletter and/or keep an eye on our website.

SCI Sets Out its Stall

On Sunday 24 May Skerries Cycling Initiative (SCI) set out their stall at the street party held for the Rás Stage End, which celebrated the 10th year in a row in which the 8-day Rás finished in Skerries. It was a great opportunity to talk to people about improving cycling conditions in and around Skerries. Many people raised the need for safer cycling routes between Skerries and the surrounding towns. In particular, the link from Skerries to Balbriggan for which €750,000 was allocated in 2010 to provide a cycle track, which has not yet come to fruition. Safer routes for children to cycle and walk to school also featured.

The poster for our Midsummer Madness Fancy Dress Cycle - which is being planned for Sunday 21 June - got a lots of interest and we can expect to see a big turnout for this Bike Week event.

The Skerries crew are delighted to having signed up 28 new subscribers to their Newsletter (bringing the supporter list to 180), and if you want to stay tuned tot he Skerries news, you can sign up for their newsletter here.

The Philadelphia Bike Story

Here's a great cycling story from streetfilms.org:

In all U.S. cities with over a 1 million population, Philadelphia sports the highest percentage mode of bicyclists. In 2012, the U.S. Census estimated Philadelphia’s bicycle commuting rate at 2.3%, higher than Chicago (1.6%) or New York (1.0%).

We will including some video cycling stories, if you have any inspiring cycling story that you would like to see featured, send it riveroalita@gmail.com 

Enjoying VeloCity Nantes!

Members of the Dublin Cycling Campaign and Cyclists.ie have already arrived to Nantes for the Velo-city conference in Nantes - only the largest cycling-related conference in the world! 

With an incredible agenda in great talks and workshops during the day and plenty of social activities in the evenings, we look forward to hearing all the interesting stories, anecdotes and lessons learned on their return!

Velo-city is taking place from the 2nd to the 5th of June and you can check out the ECF website to follow up on the daily reports on photos of the conference. 

Clonakilty Bicycle Festival - Is maith liom mo rothar!

It's time to dust off those saddles, oil up the chains and get the bikes ready for the fabulous 2015 Clonakilty Bicycle Festival!

There are plenty of great reasons to visit West Cork, but few better than to partake in the Clon Bike Fest! This year it runs from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th June. Details are appearing on the festival website as we go to press - http://clonakiltybicyclefestival.org/ - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

We salute Justin and Allison and crew as they finalise preparations!

Bike Maintenance Course in Skerries

The Skerries Cycling Initiative (SCI) recently hosted a 6-session Bicycle Maintenance Course over a total of 18 hours.  The course was delivered by the excellent Paul Callan, who works in bicycle repair, maintenance and restoration at the Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun.  The initiative was driven by Michael McKenna, Secretary of the SCI and was jointly supported by Fingal County Council, Skerries Tidy Towns and the SCI.

This first ever bike maintenance course took place on two mornings per week for 3 weeks and was attended each day by between 8 and 11 cyclists, male and female, each working on their own bike.  Key areas such as puncture repair, brakes, front and rear derailleur gears were emphasised, but the course was broad-ranging and students were also shown how to correct simple buckles using a spoke tool.  The feedback on the course was immensely positive with students united in how the tuition banished “the fear” of not being able to cope with some aspects of bike maintenance e.g. derailleur adjustment, removing a rear wheel, etc.
 
The SCI hope to offer this course again, this time catering for students who cannot attend during daytime. In some ways, there is a lost generation out there with regard to bicycle maintenance skills and courses like this are hugely helpful in promoting the bicycle revolution in Ireland.

Speaking for myself, I was embarrassed to discover that I had been incorrectly adjusting my brake blocks for 50 years!  Ah well, here’s to doing it right for the next 50!

Ray Ryan

Cork Cycling Festival 17th - 26th July!

This years Cork Cycling Festival sees some of the old favourites returning, as well as some exciting new events. It will be a packed programme, which runs from 17th-26th July 2015 and includes a bicycle-themed art exhibition, a bicycle treasure hunt, cycling picnic, a history cycle, a Polish Food cycle and other food cycles, a Vintage Velo cycle, a Film Night and longer touring cycles to the surrounding countryside.

This year sees the first 'Cycle Sceitse' - cycling and sketching - but not at the same time! This human-powered event involves cyclists swapping with currach rowers along the river. And by popular demand 'Cycle through the Planets' is back! A cycle based on the solar system with talks by scientists along the way, followed by a visit to the Blackrock observatory and a 'Full Moon' night-time cycle. So if you're in Cork city this July, be sure to get along to some of the cycles. All events are free and open to all. Keep an eye out for updates on facebook and at www.corkcyclingfestival.com

Many thanks to Marcin Lewandowski of SoundofPhotography.com for the super image!

Dublin falling down in the Copenhagenize Index

This year, Dublin dropped from 11th to 15th in the Copenhagenize Index of the most Bicycle-friendly Cities, falling out of the top 10 ranking.  

Back in 2013 Dublin was dubbed “the Great Bike Hope” by the index with such promise of great things to come. 

Read what happened on the full article on our website!
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