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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

After a very busy Bike Week last month, we are ready to look into the next year of cycling campaigning with our annual general meeting (AGM) coming up next Monday (see article for all the info) at the Central Hotel. 

Even if you cannot make it to the AGM, there are way of contributing to make Dublin a safer and nicer city for all road users: you can feed into the #FreeTheCycleLanes campaign, complete the Dublin City Council's online survey regarding the future of the city, be a respectful road user; and, of course, become a member of the cycling campaign

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Come to our AGM next Monday 13th July!

If you come to just one meeting this year... make it our AGM! Our Annual General Meeting will take place at our usual spot, the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 next Monday 13th of July, a little bit earlier than our usual start time, at 7pm. 

We’ll be reviewing the last year and planning for the next one. Pop along and let us know your thoughts on what we should be prioritizing for the next year. It is a perfect opportunity to help us steer the campaign and meet fellow cyclists who want to make a change as well. And, of course, there will be lots of mingling and chats afterwards in the Library Bar! 

#FreeTheCycleLanes

Last month we have launched the #FreeTheCycleLanes Campaign to gather up images of the problem of motorists blocking mandatory cycling lanes around Dublin. 

We would like the RSA (Road Safety Authority) and the Gardaí to take this matter more seriously as it affects the safety of cyclists in Dublin. 

You can contribute to the campaign by tweeting (or sending us via Facebook) a picture using @dublingcycling as using the hashtag #FreeTheCycleLanes. 

Latest rewards for members: Vital Fixies  

Vital Fixies is the latest addition to the forty+ businesses offering discounts to Dublin Cycling Campaign members.

It was started by Jack O’Sullivan in 2014 while he was still at school, studying for his Leaving Certificate. He got the idea when he was 15 and found that there were no affordable 'fixie' bike on the market. Jack designed the bikes, which are built in Taiwan, and also built the website. “Vital Fixies bikes are simple and don’t need any maintenance. They are great for getting around town” says Jack. With names like The Rialto, The Pimlico and The Casino they certainly have a connection with Dublin.

His plans for the future include studying business and expanding the bike business into other kinds of bikes. With bike prices start at only €250 and a 10% discount for Dublin Cycling Campaign members they are an affordable addition to anyone’s bike collection!

Officials Cycle Great Southern Trail on Fact-finding Mission!

A team of six officials from the National Roads Authority (NRA), Galway Co.Co., Roscommon County Council and Westmeath County Council cycled the Abbeyfeale - Rathkeale section of the Great Southern Trail (GST) on a fact-finding mission on the 3rd of July 2015. The GST group is part of Cyclist.ie's network of advocacy groups in Ireland. It is well worth checking out their website

The officials are spearheading the development of the Galway-Dublin Greenway which is on EuroVelo Route 2 from Moscow to Galway. The GST is on EuroVelo Route 1 along the Western seaboard of Europe. The team has invited the GST to the opening of the Athlone-Mullingar section of Route 2 which is expected in the Autumn.

Pictured at Rathkeale House Hotel after completing their cycle were: Jerry O'Sullivan, NRA; Annemarie Johnston, Roscommon County Council; Paul Batty, Galway County Council and Victor Cooney, Galway County Council. Missing from picture: Michael Kelly, Project Director and Elva Roe, Westmeath County Council.

It's great to see state engineers and officials out cycling routes to get a first hand experience of the positives and negatives of existing facilities.

What a Bikeweek     That Was That Was!

Who would ever have thought that Bikeweek 2015 would be such a wonderful experience, and at the same time bring such negative vibes about cycling and the role of the Department of Transport Tourism & Sport (DTTAS)! Sligo was the launch city for National Bikeweek. Minister Heather Humphreys duly appeared in Sligo but declared she was unable to ride a bike! ….an inauspicious start! Luckily Mister Donohoe had done a pre-launch with Dublin Cycling Campaign in the Phoenix Park.

Bikeweek in Dublin was blessed with a week of generally good summer weather, and started off with the hugely successful Bikefest in St Anne’s Park coordinated by Cycling Ireland, and there were various local cycles elsewhere in Dublin. Dublin Cycling Campaign linked with the Office of Public Works to create a week-long festival of bike events ranging from the very successful Wheel to Reel cycle tours and cinema evenings, to 2 major weekend events with 6th annual Pedal in the Park and the 3rd annual Cargo Bike championships! Our media launch by Doireann Ní Bhriain was featured in the Irish Times (photo above). Check out our Flickr page for a flavour of what went on!

A big disappointment was the Dublin City Lunchtime Cycle, which was noticeably down in numbers from previous years, took a quite difficult route away from the City Centre, was poorly marshalled, and attracted a lot of negative comments on social media. And directly during Bikeweek DTTAS created a negative media storm about cycling, in relation to the imposition of Fixed Charge Notices for certain cycling offences! What were they thinking!?

But here’s to next year and hopefully Bigger, Better and More Positive Bikeweek!

Dublin City Centre Transport Study!

It's time to have your say: Please take two minutes to complete Dublin City Council's on-line survey in regard to its study of the city centre. Full details and the survey link can be found here. Note the deadline of Thursday 16th July, 2015 at 5pm.

Dublin Cycling Campaign is broadly very supportive of the plan which involves reallocating much of the space around College Green, Westmoreland Street and D'Olier Street to public transport (PT) - i.e. both Luas and buses, bicycle users and pedestrians. We urge you to provide positive feedback on the plans, especially since we expect there to be a vocal group who will oppose the re-allocation of space to PT and walking / cycling.

Equally, if you have further comments / concerns, you can add them into the open-ended question at the end. One potential concern we do have is to ensure that the designs deal properly with difficulties arising from bicycles crossing tram-lines - the Council need to ensure that this is addressed properly with reference to best international practice. We would also like bicycle access on Suffolk Street to be maintained.

Cyclist.ie and ‘Fixed Charge Notices’

Cyclist.ie respects the decision of the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport (DTTAS) to introduce Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) for a limited number of cycling offences. We submitted proposals to the Minister prior to the recent announcement and some of these were taken on board. However, we wish to state clearly our ongoing position on FCNs below:

We are not in favour of law breaking and dangerous cycling. The same reasoning applies to drivers of motorised vehicles. We understand the need for a deterrent to bad cycling behaviour that puts other road users at risk, but deterrents already exist in law and merely require application/enforcement of that law.

Check out our full letter to DTTAS' officials on our website.  

New Research Published on dublinbikes Scheme 

What happens as a new mobility system - in the form of a public bike-sharing system - becomes embedded into a city? What, if any, new processes are kicked into action? What, again if any, are the unpredicted consequences associated with the arrival of the scheme? These are some of the questions explored in a paper just published in the journal Research in Transportation Business & Management.

The author is Damien Ó Tuama (currently working as National Cycling Coordinator with Cyclist.ie and An Taisce) and the title of the paper is "Ripples through the city: Understanding the processes set in motion through embedding a public bike sharing scheme in a city". The paper is available for downloading free of charge here until 19th July 2015.

Message to our Newsletter & Social Media Followers

We appreciate your help with our online campaigning. Your comments, tweets, shares, queries and feedback have been much appreciated. If you like to hear something positive about cycling and meet other people who are regular bicycle users, come along to our AGM next Monday evening (see post above).

We will be looking back over the last year, covering plans for the year ahead and outlining the work we do. We would also welcome you telling us what our focus should be in promoting and improving the city's cycling experience. If you have any free time, you can also help out with our various campaign groups.

If you can't make it this time, that's okay. Maybe you might make one of our regular public meetings on the second Monday of each month. Keep on cycling!

Astronomy Cycle & Film
'Bikes Vs Cars' Friday 24th July

Dublin Cycling Campaign has partnered up with the Festival of Curiosity for their Dublin Night Cycle & Star Gazing at Dunsink Observatory. Full details are available here.

Earlier in the evening in the Smock Alley Theatre there will be a showing of 'Bikes vs Cars', a film directed by Fredrick Gretten that follows the passionate activists who are fighting for change in a society that is dominated by cars, and explores what might happen if more cities moved away from their utterly unsustainable and violent car-centric transport models. 

Both events are free, but already there is massive demand, so book ASAP!

Kilkenny Exploits Cyclists during Bikeweek!

A great initiative from Kilkenny: The Kilkenny Cycling and Walking Campaign (KCWC) wanted to find a way of getting people back on their bikes, but at the same time find out what was keeping from cycling in the City. And they came up with a great idea!

Using funding through LA21 and the County Council, 4 bike rides were organised around Kilkenny with designed routes to show the types of infrastructure available in the city, and the short cuts that are only available to cyclists and pedestrians in a city with a medieval fabric. Getting a free bike tour with a cup cake came with the price of giving feedback on cycling in Kilkenny by a vox pop.

It attracted cyclists of all levels of experience, age and gender, and the routes will be edited it all into a 6-7 minute clip that will hopefully help influence the decisions and attitudes of the Council and Chamber of Commerce in future infrastructure development

You can read the full story on the Cyclist.ie website and contact KCWC via Twitter @kilkennycwc
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