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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

Some fine weather at last and heavy back-to-school traffic have been good reasons to keep cycling through September and October! The cycling campaign has been busy with submissions on the Point Depot Roundabout and on Fingal's Open Space Strategy. The first EuroVelo cyle route signs have arrived in Ireland in Donegal and Sligo experienced its first Park(ing) Day.

In September 20 cycling experts and advocates made a study visit to The Netherlands. Come along to our next monthly meeting at 8pm on Monday 12 October in the Central Hotel to hear about the visit and what we can learn about cycling from the Dutch!

The Dublin Cycling Campaign is a membership organisation run by volunteers. If you are not a member please join us, and if you have time to spare become an active volunteer. Together we can make the city a better place to live and cycle!

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Point Depot Roundabout Removal - The Council needs to do A LOT BETTER!

Cyclist.ie and Dublin Cycling Campaign made a submission on Mon 28th Sept to Dublin City Council re: the Proposed Point Roundabout Improvement Scheme Part VIII. Overall, we support replacing this hostile roundabout by a signalised junction. However we think the Council could do A LOT better in regard to the scheme design. Read more...

Better use of open spaces for active travel in Skerries

Do you think we need safer routes for children to walk and cycle to schools, go to shops, sports and all the other activities that take place in Skerries? When you see a vulnerable person using a mobility scooter on a busy road do you think "There must be a better way"?

Fingal CC are preparing a new Open Space strategy and Skerries Cycling Initiative(SCI) has made a submission seeking safer options for walking and cycling e.g. along the busy Distributor Road. We also want people to have safe walking and cycling options for visiting Fingal's Parks and other amenities. Read more...

First EuroVelo Cycle Route Signs arrive in Ireland

The National Trails Office (NTO) and Cyclist.ie are both involved in the development of EuroVelo routes in Ireland. The Donegal Route is the first section of signposted EuroVelo Route in Ireland.

The Donegal section of EuroVelo1 is just under 200km long, primarily on scenic rural roads. In 2012, Donegal County Council applied for and received funding under the National Cycle Network programme managed by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland. The route is very spectacular and, although all on road, 90% of the route is virtually traffic free, which makes for very pleasant and safe cycling. It is a Green Route rather than a Greenway, but is a wonderful cycling experience. Read more...

Willow Wonder Workshop with Bicycle Basket Making!

If you are looking for something a little different to do this autumn, with both an arboreal and bicycle theme, you might like to partake in one of Beth’s Willow Workshop Weekends. They take place in Redhills, County Kildare, on the weekend of 24th/25th October and again on 14th/15th November 2015. Read more...

PARK(ing) Day in Sligo

Joan Swift from Sligo Cycling Campaign sent us this report on the success of Sligo's first even PARK(ing) Day!

Our first ever PARK(ing) Day and construction of Velo Veranda commenced at 8 30am on our prime Grattan St parking space! The display was enhanced by several buckets of colourful hydrangeas and the “trellis” displayed cycling themed photos. Naturally we had a table, chairs and parasol! The “Velo” consisted of Peter’s wonderful self-built cargo bike. Before the last panel pin was hammered in, our first visitors had arrived and the flow of interested callers continued all day. By evening Gemma had lost her voice!

We explained the purpose of PARK(ing) Day and of Sligo Cycling Campaign, we encouraged would-be or returning cyclists, we distributed homemade biscuits, we explained that “no”, we were not selling flowers or taking up a collection! We even managed to take turns at running around to visit the other “parks”. We are thrilled with the success of the day and are looking forward already to next year!

For a Slower, Safer Future! 

Dublin Cycling Campaign, together with a number of other organisations and individuals, have committed to launching a campaign for lower speed limits in urban areas.  The benefits of slower speeds are widely recognised and include:
  • Fewer injuries and fatalities from accidents
  • Fewer accidents overall
  • Greater freedom and encouragement for active mobility choices
  • Better community health
  • More liveable communities with a ‘sense of place’
This Campaign will initially be targeted at the four Dublin Local Authority Regions, Dublin City, Dun Laoire Rathdown, South Dublin, and Fingal.
 
The idea for such a joint Campaign was initially floated at the September public meeting of Dublin Cycling Campaign, when Dr Jackie Bourke (‘Playtime’ founder) and Dr Lorraine Darcy, researcher spoke on the benefits of ‘people-centred’ planning and development.  The proposed campaign is also supported by nascent organisations, PARC (Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care on our roads), Just Walk, Playtime, and Cosáin.  At the September public meeting other individuals and organisations also committed to supporting the initiative.
 
It is now proposed to hold a Planning Meeting for the Campaign on 22nd October.  The venue will be announced shortly, so keep an eye on www.dublincycling.ie or the special Facebook Page or contact Mairéad Forsythe.
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