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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

We have a jam-packed newsletter with cycling news from Dublin, the rest of Ireland and beyond this month. After a great start of the year with a lot of new members and volunteers joining us, at our next meeting we are going to be presenting the results of the Bike Theft Survey (along with prizes to the lucky winners!). An on-street bike hangar will be on trial in Dublin for the next few months, and you can already register your interest in having one in your area here.  Until we all found a way of having "unstealable bikes", it will take a coordinated effort to tackle the issue! 

As we are getting close to St. Patrick's Day, we are already looking for volunteers to plan and participate in the parade, so if you would like to be involved, you can join us next Monday 9th before our regular meeting, at 7.15 for a bit of a planning session. We are also looking for a Creative Director for out float, so if you know someone who would be ideal for the job (maybe you!) send them our way! (more details below). And if you can't wait for Paddy's Day to parade around the city, put on your best frock and join the Critical Mass on the last Friday of the month.

We will also be planning the future of the campaign on the 21st of February so if you would like to help us plan too, please become a member and come along (more info below). Hope to see you there and,

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Bike Theft Survey Results

Here today - gone tomorrow! The latest research on bike theft in Dublin
One in 6 people who have had a bicycle stolen do not return to cycling, and a further 26% reduce their cycling habits as a result of theft, according to the bike theft survey we ran in December 2014. Over 1,500 people completed the survey which is part of a wider campaign by Dublin Cycling Campaign to tackle bicycle theft. The survey also found:
• The most common locations for bicycle theft, in order of frequency, are car parks, homes, and streets.
• Over half of the people (55%) who had bikes stolen either hadn`t locked the bike at all or had a totally inadequate lock such as a cable lock.
• Only 4% of people who had a bike stolen recovered the bike.
• Only 15% of bike theft victims had their bikes insured.
Full details of the survey results will be presented by David Timoney, our researcher, at our monthly public meeting on the 9th February. If you want to know the hotspots for bicycle theft in Dublin, or the most common types of locks on stolen bikes, then come along to this meeting! David will also give an update on the progress of the bike theft campaign, including contacts with Dublin City Council, the Gardaí and online retailers.
We will also be presenting the prizes to the lucky winners from the survey prize draw. The top prize is a Trek 7.0 Gents or Ladies Hybrid worth €450 from ThinkBike in Rathmines.

'Bleeding Horse' Contraflow gets a Broad 'Thumbs Up' from Dublin's Cyclists!

A bunch of us in Dublin Cycling Campaign spent three (very cold!) evenings chatting to cyclists at the 'Bleeding Horse' contraflow bus-lane after it opened on 14th Jan. The lane includes access for bicycles.

The reaction is generally positive with some cyclists extremely delighted to be able to avoid the annoying detour around by the top of Harcourt Street / Road. It's also great to see that the right-turn movement from Camden Street into Grantham Street has been formalised/legalised - perfect for Dublin Bikes users! The new facility is not without its teething problems though - we observed many cars stalling on yellow boxes at the northern end of the lane thus blocking access and it appears that the traffic lights need tweaking so as to detect cyclists more effectively. Another weakness is that the bike logos on the lane could be doubled in size and far more of them used. We are in touch with Dublin City Council to provide this and further feedback.

Overall though, we do feel this represents some progress for cyclists. If you'd like to see further positive changes for cyclists, do take 5 minutes to drop a line to your local City Councillors and cc/bcc us on your emails – and let them know that cyclists vote!

Yoga and Cycling Trip

Pro cyclists Cormac Keeney and Yoga Siromani Sinéad Kennedy would like to invite Dublin Cycling Campaign members this March for a week you will never forget! For this inaugural trip Cormac and Sinéad want you to join them for some cycling in Sierra Nevada, Spain, enjoying stunning panoramic views, challenging hills, great food and Yoga. Winter miles make summer smiles and non-cycling partners or friends are more than welcome.. For more information on this trip, please check out their website. Sinead also offers special prices for yoga classes through the Dublin Cycling Campaign member rewards scheme.

Support the Jake's Legacy Protest at Leinster House
15-18 February 2015

The Jake's Legacy campaign was set up to promote increased safety on roads for cyclists and pedestrians, after 6 year old Jake Brennan died in 2014 when he was knocked down by a car outside his family home in Kilkenny.

Roseann Brennan, Jake's mother, is now organising a protest outside Leinster House from Sunday 15th to Wednesday 18th February to highlight the lack of haste by Irish government authorities in introducing safer 30km/h speed limit zones in residential and other built-up areas in towns and cities. More on Jake's Legacy here.

Dublin Cycling Campaign and Cyclist.ie strongly support the Jake's Legacy campaign, so we would encourage you to drop by Leinster House (during the day) on the above dates and offer your support to Jake's mum and her campaign.

More GoCar discounts for members of the campaign

Niall of GoCar says "We love the work that the campaign are doing, Dublin's cycling community are lucky to have such a strong voice". GoCar's mission is to improve the urban living environment by encouraging the use of smarter transport and offering a real alternative to car ownership. "With 76% of our surveyed members holding Leap Cards and 52% Dublin Bikes members we are already providing cars to Smart Transport advocates."

GoCar want to continue to offer the discounted sign up and have reduced it to €20 with €10 free credit with a promo code available to Dublin Cycling Campaign members. Also for members, they offer a car swappage deal for GoCar credit and 6 months free membership for Facebook posts and Tweets that feature a photo of a GoCar card and your Dublin Cycling Campaign membership card. Please get in touch with the campaign to get the code and check out all the rewards for being a member.

Even Dutch Cyclists have their Problems!

We might have a long way to go to reach Dutch levels of cycling infrastructure, but we might also be chastened to note the difficulties that cyclists in the city of Utrecht in Holland have complained about!?  Wouldn’t we love to be able to raise our complaints to this level!? Although we can empathise with a number of their complaints, that are virtually universal. The picture above relates to the issues outlined, in order of priority: 

1) Red Light Synchronisation (33%) The lack of synchronisation of traffic lights for cyclists, and long waiting times at some lights leads to frustration.  

2) Cycle Route Congestion (19%) The success of some cycle routes (similar to our own Grand Canal Route!) has led to increased levels of cycle use and slow progress along them as a result.

3) Other Cyclists (16%) Cyclists travelling too slowly, blocking the way, turning & passing without warning, travelling in the wrong direction – many cyclists are the enemy of regular cyclists, and cycling manners needs to improve! 

4) Roadworks (12%) Unfortunately poorly signed and managed roadworks, are also the lot of the Dutch cyclist, causing difficulties and sometimes collisions.

5) Illegally Parked Vehicles (7%) We are not the only country where illegal and nuisance parking occurs on cycle facilities.  Utrecht cyclists complain regularly about this.

Be Part of Dublin’s Cycling Future!

Dublin Cycling Campaign has been working on behalf of the capital’s cyclists since 1993 and overall we have made pretty good progress in bringing the bicycle in from the margins of transport thinking. We have a long way to go though and need your help so as to bring Dublin up to the next level of bicycle friendliness.

We will be carrying out a review of our present strategy in a lively workshop format on Saturday 21st February next. We will reflect on what we are doing well, what we could do better and what we ought to prioritise over the next two to three years. Campaign members are invited to participate in the session. It will commence at 11:00 in An Taisce’s offices (Tailors’ Hall), Back Lane, Christchurch, Dublin 8. We aim to finish by 15:00 with soup & sandwiches provided mid-session.

Please register ASAP by emailing damien.otuama@antaisce.org. You must be an up-to-date member of Dublin Cycling Campaign to attend, so if your membership is out of date please renew here. After registering, we will issue you with an agenda and copy of our current strategy.

We look forward to meeting you on the 21st and moving the Campaign up into the next gear!

Creative Director Sought for Campaign's St. Patrick's Day Float!

Dublin Cycling Campaign is back in the heart of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Tuesday 17th March! The theme of this year’s parade is Celebrate Now, and we are looking to use the opportunity to celebrate cycling’s contribution to the vibrancy and health of Dublin City.

We already have many volunteers on board, but we would love to have a Creative Director to help develop and execute a great concept for our float. If you have an artistic bent, are adept at coordinating fun events and have a little time on your hands, we would love to hear from you! Full details are available here

If interested, please email us on info@dublincycling.ie ASAP (ideally by this Monday 9th Feb).

Wee Greenway Initiative - Donegal & Derry

Ronan Gallagher has sent Cyclist.ie this update on the Inishowen greenway or "Wee Greenway" as it is now known locally! The proposed route would leave Derry and travel to Buncrana, on to Ballyliffin and Carndonagh, before dropping down to Moville on the shores of Lough Foyle, and returning to Derry via Quigley’s Point and Muff. In total, the route is 97km in length.

The group promoting this project now has the tentative support of Donegal County and Derry City Councils. Following the Wee Greenway Initiative’s presentation to Inishowen councillors of Donegal County Council (November 2014), the Councillors unanimously backed the initiative. At this point, it is estimated that the costings could be around €35 million. Through the North-West Cross Border Group, they have been 'encouraged' to identify landowners along the route from Derry city to Buncrana, a distance of approximately 26km. They are now taking advice on what type of organisation to establish, and hope to have this in place over the coming months. More information here. The photo above shows Lough Foyle from Moville.

Container-ships, Rail and Bike Adventures!

Jack Kelleher from the Clonakilty Bicycle Festival crew (pictured in the middle, above) is about to take his Brompton foldable bicycle and head off around the world trip by container ship, rail, and bike. He expects to be gone for about six months and he'll be blogging his adventures. We wish him amazing adventures and look forward to hearing about them!

We are also delighted to hear that this year's Clonakilty Bicycle Festival will take place from June 3rd to 7th. This is one of the freshest festivals in Ireland and is growing every year. Keep an eye on their website for updates!

Smarter Travel Success Story at UCD

UCD Belfield campus could probably be compared to a large number of Irish towns, with its student and staff population of nearly 30,000.  What has been done on the UCD campus is an example to many local councils of what can be done to move to sustainable transport within their jurisdiction. Why can’t Local Authorities give it a try!?
Measures introduced to support the Smarter Travel Program included a new hourly 142 bus service between UCD and Rathmines, a new shuttle bus service between the UCD campus and DART at Sydney Parade, 800 new cycle parking stands, construction of the UCD to Windy Arbour Luas cycle route, the facility to buy Adult and Student Leap Cards on-campus, maps for public transport routes, travel-options for students, pedestrian and cycle journey time maps, and restrictions on amount of car parking spaces on campus.
Check out this infographic for further information on what’s happened in UCD, and the subsequent increase in use of sustainable transport.

Cornelscourt to Cherrywood Greenway

Dublin Cycling Campaign have just lodged a detailed submission with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in relation to a proposed 1.9km long greenway / cycle route from Cornelcourt to Cherrywood.

This route is an important link in the long term development of the Greater Dublin Cycle Network, and particularly in the context of the continued development of the Cherrywood complex. It is important that the route be constructed to the highest standards, so as to encourage maximum use by cyclists of all ages and abilities. This is why the Campaign tries to ensure that routes adhere to the appropriate standards. The potential to link to a wider rural greenway network from Cherrywood is also an important feature.

Our full submission can be found here.
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