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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

We would like to wish you a happy 2015 and thank you for choosing us as your monthly source of cycling related news in Dublin (and Ireland!). This newsletter, along with all the work Dublin Cycling Campaign does, is part of the work of the many volunteers who offer their time to make Dublin a nicer and safer city for everyone in the city (cyclists and non-cyclists!). 

It is still time to make a New Year resolution to volunteer with Dublin Cycling Campaign, but even you if don't have the time for it, do consider becoming a member, for a mere €20 per year. Not only you will be contributing hugely with the campaign, but also will be able to benefits from a wide range of discounts in many bike shops and cycle-friendly business in Dublin

We hope to see you at our Next Public Meeting on this Monday 12th January (more info below) or at any other event or meeting throughout the year. So, keep cycling and stay young, have a great 2015 and...

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Public Meeting 12th Jan
World Cafe Style

Our first meeting of 2015, which will take place at 8pm on Monday 12th January in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 (see post below for a special notice as well). We hope it will be an especially sociable one - we'll be drawing on the collective knowledge of everyone attending to plan our activities for 2015. 

We'll be making use of the 'World Café' format which ensures that everyone has their say and that there will be plenty of informal mingling over the course of the evening and, yes, coffee! We'll have a special focus on: Big Campaigns for 2015, Events, and Communicating our Messages. 

If you haven't yet made a new year's resolution, do consider getting more involved with Dublin Cycling Campaign! We are a sociable bunch and derive great satisfaction as we succeed in reshaping public policy and practice towards greater attention to the bicycle. See you at 8pm on Monday!

Bleeding Horse Contra-flow Nearly Here!

Three cheers for the new contra-flow cycle/bus lane coming on stream on Camden Street Upper and Richmond Street South, which runs past the Bleeding Horse pub! This looks to be a welcome development for cyclists and public transport users in Dublin.

Dublin Cycling Campaign has been working hard behind the scenes for many years to persuade Dublin City Council to provide this contra-flow route. We have been liaising with traffic engineers, lobbying City Councillors and using every opportunity to make this happen. Cycle campaigning pays off!

This new contra-flow bus/cycle lane enables cyclists, heading south towards Rathmines to avoid taking the annoying and cycling-unfriendly detour around by the Odeon pub and back onto Harcourt Road; instead we will be able to travel outbound directly (and legally) past the Bleeding Horse pub towards Rathmines bridge.

While the design may not be perfect - and it will, no doubt, take a while for everyone to get used to the new road layout - Dublin Cycling Campaign supports this contra-flow facility being installed.

30 km/h Speed Limits 

Following on from a plea by the 'Jake's Legacy' campaign, all local authorities have been directed by the Minister for Transport Tourism & Sport to review speed limits in residential areas. Recently Fingal County Council has invited members of the public to make submissions to the council regarding the adequacy or otherwise of existing speed limits in their area as part of a public consultation process. The council would particularly welcome submissions in relation to the possible introduction of a 30 km/h speed limit in residential areas.

Submissions may be made on or before 22nd January 2015 by e-mail to roads@fingal.ie or in writing to: Alan Sherry, Administrative Officer, Operations Department, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Here is Fingal Council's notice.

Dublin Cycling Campaign will be making a submission. The campaign has already made a submission to South Dublin County Council and will be making further submissions to other local authorities.

Notice of Special General Meeting

In addition to the World Café-style meeting, as part of the agenda for the meeting is the proposal to adopt the following resolution:

That Article 2 A (i) of the Memorandum of Association of Dublin Cycling Campaign Ltd. be deleted and replaced by the following:

“To affect and support change for Dublin as a better city by:
• Promoting cycling as an activity with significant health, social, environmental, cultural and economic benefits,
• Being a champion for cycling and cyclists in Dublin
To similarly affect and support change through the promotion of cycling interests nationally as Cyclist.ie, the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network."


Note: The existing Article 2 A (i) reads as follows: "To engage in a campaign for the material improvement in facilities for cyclist and the community at large. To improve the quality of life of all in the community from the youngest to the oldest."

The purpose of the amendment is to align the Campaign's original Objectives in its Memorandum and Articles of Association with the Campaign's current strategy objectives, and to facilitate the inclusion of Cyclist.ie under the Campaign's legal structure.

Cycling lanes from Palmerston to Celbridge

Work has commenced on the new infrastructure facilities for cyclists and pedestrians as part of a plan for a route from Palmerston to Celbridge. Phase 1 has a off-road route heading into town between Palmerston and Chapelizod.

Phase 1 aims to provide new cycling and pedestrian facilities from the entrance to Palmerston Village at Stewart's Hospital to just inside the city boundary near the West County Hotel.

The works are scheduled to last until March 2015 and will include new public lighting. We would like to thank South Dublin County Council for this initiative, more details can be found on the SDCC website.

On-the-spot fines for cyclists ahead

The revelations in the Irish Independent on 6 January that the government is preparing the legislation to give effect to fixed-charge fines for road traffic law breaches by cyclists (specifically running red lights, failure to stop / yield and riding on footways) and possibly a new requirement to wear hi-vis after lighting-up time meant that we had a media-frenzy to deal with - interviews on RTE 'Drivetime', Radio Kerry (Jerry O'Sullivan) and 98FM.

A fine of €50 has been mooted. While we give a guarded welcome to this proposal we hold that the fine has to be proportional to the risk. Under the present penalty-point regime for motorised drivers, a driver can drive into / along a cycle track or drive on a footway and they will only face a paltry monetary fine of €60 and a derisory 1 penalty point!

Only €10 separates the two offences of being on a footway. That is not proportionate to the quite different risks. The law has to be proportionate.

Dublin City Councillor Ciarán Cuffe has also pointed out for irishcycle.com, “This seems to be a ham-fisted approach at trying to solve the problem of dangerous cycling."

Heavy Commercial Vehicles in Kilkenny

Members of Cyclist.ie, the Kilkenny Walking And Cycling Campaign recently made a submission to Kilkenny County Council on a proposed Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCV) Management Plan for Kilkenny City and Environs. HCVs are primarily buses and goods vehicles. Detailed comments were provided on specific elements of the plan and below is an edited version of the submission:

Kilkenny’s economic future is in part a function of both the ease of movement of commercial and residential traffic, together with pedestrians and cyclists, allowing it to be a ‘liveable city’. The city is constrained by its medieval fabric, which is the core part of the city’s identity and character.
 
Economic growth for Kilkenny will come with a welcomed increase in population. But unless the increase in a corresponding number of vehicles is curtailed, it will result in rising congestion, which will constrain the city and ultimately act as a disincentive for investment, shopping and tourism. Residents and visitors alike need to have both physical and cultural barriers removed - barriers that discourage them from using other methods of transport, such as buses, walking or bicycles. The council should prioritise the removing of these barriers as part this HCV plan if it wants to foster and promote economic growth. 

The Kilkenny Walking and Cycling Campaign are strongly of the view that the HCV Management Plan, as presently envisaged, will act as a barrier and disincentive to citizens adopting alternatives to the car, nullifying any short-term gains envisaged by the plan. Our overall view of the proposal made by the Council is that it has been considered in isolation and is not taking into consideration the Council’s own Smarter Travel initiative, Safe Routes to School and Get Ireland Active by the selection of some routes as suitable for HCVs, and speed limits considering their proximity to schools and residential areas. 

Join Us! Become a Member – or Even Better an Active Member!

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. 

Active Members
We have an email list where we occasionally send out requests for help with specific jobs or events. If you would like to be added to the list please email us at info@dublincycling.ie and you might let us know if you have a particular skill that might be useful. Being on the list is not an obligation to do work, but you might see something you would like to help out with.
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