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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

Another busy month for cycling campaigners with meetings with the NTA, TDs (see article below), the Cycling and Walking Sub-Committee of Dublin City Council, a tackling Bike-Theft Workshop with promising action groups, making several submissions on public consultations and on top of all the hard work... planning our participation on the St Patrick's Day Parade! (See article below if you want to be a part of it too.) 

We've been kindly contacted by Matthew Richardson, a Master's student at Trinity College, who is doing research regarding cyclists behaviour (particularly when, hum, running a red light), so if you have a moment, please take a few minutes to complete his survey

And while the news of the 160% increase in the number of people cycling in Dublin City Centre in the last 10 years is great, a lot of work still needs to be done to increase the level of safety in the streets and encourage even more people to cycle! And the next generation of cyclists will play a big part in making that change, which is what we will be discussed at our Next Public Meeting on Monday 9th at 8pm (see article below for more info). 

Happy Cycling!  

Dublin Cycling Campaign

2015 Parade dress code

Back in the Parade!

For the 6th year in succession Dublin Cycling Campaign has been invited to Cyclize the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The theme of this year’s parade is “Celebrate Now!” and we’ll be celebrating the amazing positives that everyday cycling brings to cities.

The artistic arm of the Campaign, under the guidance of Creative Director Phil Murray, has been working hard for the last month to design an eye-catching space for us. We’re also delighted to have Marion and Róisín from Bloom Fringe on board giving us great support! This year, we will have 40 Dublin Bikes so as to create a strong visual effect, plus 20 cargo / children’s bikes. All will adorned with floral baskets, foliage and flags!

We still have some spaces left for you to join our gang! So check our website for full details on how to be a part of it!
 

Campaigners meet Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe T.D.

Dr. Mike McKillen (Chair of Cyclist.ie), Damien Ó Tuama (National Cycling Coordinator, Cyclist.ie & An Taisce) and Nuala Kelly (Dublin Cycling Campaign rep from the Dublin Central / Phibsborough area) met Minister Paschal Donohoe and his officials on Fri 27th February. The purpose of the meeting was to press the Minister in regard to giving everyday (utility) cycling much greater priority within his portfolio.

Top of our agenda was the need for a steadier and more comprehensive implementation of the government’s National Cycle Policy Framework – NCPF. The meeting also covered the need for DoTTAS to have a National Cycling Officer position, the need for all Local Authorities to have strong cycling planning teams, as well as issues around 30kph, tackling bike theft and the 2015 Road Traffic Bill. Full report here

Toyota TV ad promoting distracting driving 

Toyota is showing a TV advert most evenings for its Yaris model featuring a Yaris being driven around the historic core of a mid-Eropean city by a succession of drivers who are singing catchy songs as they drive and with the car mostly filled with passengers also singing their heads-off. While we have nothing against singing out loud as you go places, we also believe that distracting driving in motor vehicles should not be encouraged.  

This YouTube video shows the making of the commercial but it also contains elements of the advert as it is shown in Ireland. 

Cyclist.ie has made a formal complaint about the commercial to the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland citing 'distracted driving' as a road safety issue of concern to vulnerable road users. The Road Safety Authority's last research conference was about this very topic. We have also been in contact with The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) asking it to lodge complaints at Brussels level.
Calling all cyclists

Join today and help make Dublin a safer city!

The Dublin Cycling Campaign is a completely voluntary group working on behalf of all cyclists in Dublin. The more members we have, the quicker we can transform the city and culture for the better. Join today! As a member you will receive a Cycling Rewards Card that gives you discounts at over 40 cyclist friendly businesses. This month we are welcoming Dlb Cycles to our discounts.

We are on the way to make some changes to our membership benefits and we would like to hear from you! If you already are a member, why motivated your decision? Do you use the member’s discounts? What additional discounts would you like to see added to the list?

Scotland's Pedal On Parliament Animation

Thumbs up to the Scottish Pedal on Parliament initiative who are campaigning for investment to put proper cycle infrastructure in everywhere it’s needed, not just paint a few pictures ASLs on the road. 

Katie Cycles to School is about Katie, her family, and all the benefits that come from their being able to get about by bike. But it’s not just about the joy of the bike, wonderful as that is. It’s about the conditions that enable Katie, her mum, dad, and little brother to get out of their car and get around under their own steam. It’s a call to arms, in short.

The aim is that the video is shared with people who might not otherwise see it. People who care about their families, the lives of children, the place where they live, their health, the environment – but who haven’t quite made the connection yet between all these big complex things, and the simplicity of riding a bike.

You can click on the image above to watch the video and remember that Dublin also has it Cycling Stories to be told!

Towards the Next Generation of Cyclists!

Dublin Cycling Campaign’s March monthly public talk on Monday 9th will look at one route to the development of the next generation of cyclists. Dave O Shea and Stuart Gavin of the Irish Mountain Bike Racing Club will give an illustrated talk on the dynamic development of very young children in cycling skills, as a result of implementing Cycling Ireland’s Sprocket Rocket training program in 2014.

Both Dave and Stuart are active mountain bikers and club members, but are also committed to passing on cycling skills to a new generation. Both of them have qualified as ‘Sprocket Rocket’ trainers through the Cycling Ireland program. Dave has previously volunteered with the National Council of the Blind in Ireland as a tandem bicycle pilot, as well as helping out at the Special Olympics events. Stuart has a strong desire and passion in training the basics of biking to young kids and youths, and wants to progress to become a fully qualified coach.

For anyone interested in the future of cycling, this presentation will provide wonderful insights and experiences in cycle training of the next generation, as well as many humorous anecdotes! See you Monday at 8pm!
30km/h

30km/h Campaign

For 2015 Dublin Cycling Campaign are running a campaign for lower speed limits to make roads and streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians and to make them more people-friendly.  We are seeking a default speed limit of 30 kph in urban areas, 30 kph speed limits outside all schools and we’re supporting the Jake’s Legacy Campaign for lower speed limits in residential estates.

We’ve supported 30 kph in residential estates in response to public consultations in three of the four Dublin Local Authorities. Dublin City Council, will be holding its public consultation shortly  and we are categorically seeking a default speed limit of 30kph.  This means that other speeds, such as 50kph, would need to be specifically established on say, major routes and arteries.​

Campaign Members gathered outside Leinster House on 17th February to support the Jake’s Legacy Campaign.  Jake’s parents, Roseann and Chris Brennan, together with family and friends, staged a sit-out demanding lower speed limits.  Sinn Féin introduced a Bill to make 20 kph mandatory in all residential estates and it got all-party support in the Dáil.

Cyclist.ie representatives met the Minister for Transport recently and reduction of speed limits was high on the agenda.  We’ve been lobbying Councillors and Oireachtas members and several have declared support for lower speed limits.

We are setting up a working group to advance our speed limit campaign. If you would like to get involved, you can get in touch with Mairéad at mforsythe@eircom.net.

A Public Lecture with Frank McDonald "Reimagining Phibsborough" 

Dublin Cycling Campaign is delighted to publicize the lecture "Reimagining Phibsborough" to be given by Frank McDonald which is organised by the fabulous Phizzfest Group. It takes place on Friday, March 20th in All Saints Hall, Phibsborough Road. It will be free in and of interest to anyone with a concern for local planning issues and the redevelopment of the city's urban villages. Please note that doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Latecomers will not be admitted!

Liffey Cycle Route Public Consultation

Over the coming weeks, Dublin Cycling Campaign’s sub-group focusing on ‘City Centre’ issues will be examining carefully proposals that Dublin City Council will be releasing in regard the Quays Cycle Route.

Dublin Cycling Campaign has long held that we need a safe and attractive east-west route for cyclists to link the Phoenix Park/Heuston Station to (what was previously called!) ‘The Point’ - the P2P route as it is known. So this is an exciting time for cycling development in the city.

The Irish Times carried an excellent article (with a good video explanation!) on this in its edition of Tue 24th February. 

The IrishCycle.com blog include excellent pieces of investigative journalism examining who is/may be objecting to this route and 12 reasons to support the route. Definitely worth a look! 

Stay tuned to the news section of our website for updated information on the public consultation that will start next week!
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