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Dear <<First Name>>,

On our last edition of this year, we would like to thank each and every one of you who reached out to us this year, with questions, suggestions, ideas, those who joined the campaign as supporting members, and to all the volunteers who worked hard behind the scenes. We will continue to work towards a safer, friendlier city and hope you keep supporting what we do!

As a farewell to this decade, we will be joining the Craictivist Christmas Party this Saturday (tomorrow, yes!) and we do know it's very short notice, but hope some of you can join us despite the busy December schedule. If we won't see you then, our next Public Meeting will take place on January 13th, all the way into 2020. Have a wonderful last weeks of 2019 and

Happy Cycling!
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Christmas Party 2019 Saturday 7th December

For our 2019 Christmas Party, we are going to piggy-back on the Craictivist Christmas Party taking place in the lovely Black Sheep pub on Capel Street, Dublin 1.

It all kicks off from 6pm. Entertainment will be provided by Leila Jane Music, Pieronly, Ally, Banríon Solo and Daithí Ó Seanacháin, with more to be announced. Entry is free and there will be finger food on the night. We think this is a great opportunity for Dublin Cycling Campaigners to let the hair down and mix and mingle with other campaigners and activists.

You might also be interested in the separate but related event taking place earlier in the day called ‘Connecting Struggles’. This is all about bringing representatives together from activist groups that have been driving social and environmental justice, both locally and globally, and sharing experiences. It takes place from 2 until 6pm in The Chocolate Factory Arts Centre, 26 King’s Inns Street, Dublin 1. 

Cycling Campaigners at the Oireachtas Transport Committee

Our presentations to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport (JOCTTS) on 20th of November raised the profile of the issues we are campaigning on. The contributions by Dr. Damien Ó Tuama and Mairead Forsythe (Cyclist.ie), Kevin Baker and Louise Williams (Dublin Cycling Campaign (DCC)), and Ciarán Ferrie and Alan Downey (I Bike Dublin) covered the core issues of concern to everyday cyclists. While the details of the main issues were captured in Cyclist.ie's formal submission to JOCTTS - it was a valuable exercise to be able to convey directly to the members of JOCTTS what the problems are and to answer their questions.

One of the core points we stressed was that the drop in cycling numbers amongst secondary school pupils (and girls in particular) over the last 30 years is simply shocking: back in 1986, over 19,000 secondary school girls cycled to school; by 2016, that number was just 694 (Census data). We also raised the point that only approximately 1% of transport funding is allocated to cycling (2018 figures) - and this really needs to be at least 10% of the transport budget. Such funding needs to be spent on high quality cycling infrastructure, as has happened and is happening all over Europe - and not just in the well-known cycling countries of The Netherlands and Denmark. In recent years, both Paris and Brussels have introduced radical policies to remove their most hostile roundabouts and other junctions, and to reallocate space for cycling and walking.

We also spoke about the need to have a well-staffed National Cycling Office within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport - in addition to the new National Cycling Design Office in the National Transport Authority. Videos of the presentations by Damien, Kevin and Ciarán can be found via this story.

Click here for more information on JOCTTS and you can see a full video of the session here

Dublin City Gets Its Transport Act Together!

Following the recent local elections back in May, Dublin City Council has many new councillor faces working to make the city a better place, including a large number of councillors very supportive of active travel measures. Structures and especially the Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) have taken their time to get set up, but are now up and running. For general information on the SPCs, and their roles click here. 

Dublin Cycling Campaign has been a member of the Transport SPC since the inception of the SPCs back in 1999, and we are represented on the Transport SPC now by Colm Ryder. The work of the SPC is to set and develop policy in the area of transport for Dublin together with the City officials. Already, following the elections, there are 3 Green Party councillors on the Transport SPC as well as a number of other Councillors very supportive of Active Travel. It augurs well for the work of this committee to go in a progressive direction.

There are two sub-committees on: Public Transport, and Walking & Cycling will be set up in the New Year and we will also be represented on them. The City for its part, genuinely recognises the need to progress many areas of smarter travel and public realm and Brendan O'Brien the senior Transportation Manager outlined his vision for transport in the city at recent meetings. Essentially the main emphasis will be on a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, where neighbourhood traffic schemes, safe routes to schools, more contra-flow cycling routes, better bike parking facilities, and more protected cycle lanes will be foremost. These initiatives will, of course, also go together with the major BusConnects and Metro schemes for the City. A copy of his presentation will be posted on our website when it becomes available.

It is now up to us as cycling and walking advocates to ensure these plans happen, and we will try to keep our supporters up to date on developments as it moves along. Potentially exciting times!?

Cycling Stories, Niall MacMullan: Commuting and School Run

Commuting with my two kids by cargo bike has literally been a life-changing experience. I’ve gone from an hour or so each way by car to 20 minutes on the bike. My route takes me from Rathmines to Ringsend and on to work near Samuel Beckett bridge. The frustration and stress of sitting in traffic for 2 hours a day is gone and I’ve an extra 6 hours back in my week which was dead time.

Dedicated, protected cycle routes would make the commute safer for me and my kids. Most drivers are considerate, but not everyone is aware of the safe passing distance. Close passes are scary and dangerous so safe passing distance law changes are very welcome, as are the 30 km/h speed limit changes.

By cycle commuting my employer gets a healthier, less stressed employee, my kids arrive at school fresh and ready to learn, and we’re reducing our carbon footprint.

The Bicycle is an Amazing Tool for Change

Dublin Cycling Campaign was delighted to elect Kevin Baker as Chairperson at our AGM in September of this year. Kevin has been involved in the infrastructure group and led the campaign’s response to the Fitzwilliam Cycle Route and the BusConnects Core Bus Corridors. He was also a founding member of the #StreetsAreForPeople campaign.

If you want to learn more about our new chairperson, check out this article based on the speech he gave at the cycling Campaign's AGM. Kevin sets out some of his motivations and ambitions for the campaign during his term as chairperson.

Dublin's Lord Mayor Lights Up with Dublin Cycling Campaign

Dublin Cycling Campaign have this year once again been out on the streets of Dublin handing out sets of bike lights to 'unlit' cyclists over the past month. The RSA and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council supplied the lights. This Light Up Your Bike campaign highlights the need for cyclists to have working bike lights on our roads on these dark winter nights, but also to ensure that they are not subject to the standard 'on the spot' €40 fine for having no lights.

Over the past month we have handed these lights out to cyclists at locations in Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, and South Dublin, and the campaign has been a great success. Just in the past week, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Paul McAuliffe, who himself is an avid cyclist, came out on his mayoral bike, supplied to the mayor's office by Dublin Cycling Campaign, to hand out these lights with campaigners at Christchurch Place in Dublin. His mayoral chain certainly attracted possibly greater interest and engagement, and we were delighted to be working with him. In less than an hour we had distributed over 250 sets to cyclists.

This campaign has been mirrored in other cities by campaigners in Cork, Limerick & Galway also getting out there and engaging with cyclists, and all say that it has been a very positive experience, both in terms of meeting other cyclists and also finding out the issues that affect them. And we shall be out again in Dublin in the New Year with our final distribution of free bike lights. Watch out for us!

Special thanks to Leon Giblin for photos.

South Dublin County 

Dublin Cycling Campaign has a new sub-group in South Dublin County. See our Facebook page at Dublin Cycling Campaign, South County Dublin Branch. We held two public meetings in November, in Tallaght Library and in Kenny’s pub in Lucan. Thanks to both venues for the use of their premises.

Issues raised included: bad design of existing cycle infrastructure, not enough segregation, kissing gates on and near the Grand Canal, not enough women cycling, need for school cycle buses, the future with e-bikes, bicycle parking, and a plan to bring Councillors, Council officials and campaigners on a visit to Denmark to see best practice there. We had a “Light Up Your Bike” lights handout on the Grand Canal at 9th Lock last Thursday and we’re planning family-friendly social cycles in the Spring.

A New National Sustainable Mobility Policy 

A lot of cycle campaigning work takes place behind the scenes - pouring over plans, drafting submissions and participating in public consultation events. 

One of the latest events attended was the Stakeholder Engagement Event on a Review of Sustainable Mobility Policy organised by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) on the 21st of November. Dr. Damien Ó Tuama was there for Cyclist.ie and Mairéad Forsythe for Love 30 (a member group of Cyclist.ie). On the day we restated some of our main campaigning demands: 10% of the transport pie for cycling (or 20% for walking & cycling), making built-up areas permeable and attractive for active travel, and radically improving the integration between cycling and public transport. The purpose of the event was to start the process of developing a new Sustainable Mobility Policy and to seek the views of the main stakeholders. 

Cyclist.ie will be examining the various papers prepared by DTTAS and preparing a submission ahead of the deadline of 24th of January 2020. Details of the formal consultation process can be seen here.

If you have time to help out with examining some of the background papers (in particular, Paper #2 on Active Travel) or with helping to draft a response to the consultation, we would love to hear from you. Contact us here.

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 fill in our Volunteer Form. Being on the list is not an obligation to do work, but you might see something you would like to help out with.

Great Southern Trail Christmas Walk / Cycle

The  annual Christmas Walk / Cycle along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Friday 27th December 2019. Assembly is at the carpark of the Rathkeale House Hotel, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, V94 NP54 between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Bus Éireann services from Kerry and Limerick stop a few metres from the hotel for those who wish to reduce their carbon footprint.

Walkers will be transferred by Coach House Travel courtesy shuttle coach from the hotel car park to Ardagh from where they will have a 5 mile (8 km) stroll (a shorter option can also be provided) along the old railway back to the Rathkeale House Hotel which is alongside the Greenway. There they can enjoy seasonal mince pies, whipped cream and tea/coffee at their leisure. Cyclists, with visibility gear and lights, are also welcome and we suggest that they also meet at the hotel at 12.30 and cycle outwards along the Greenway for approximately one hour or more towards Newcastle West / Barnagh Tunnel and then return in time to enjoy the refreshments. The round trip to the tunnel is close to 30 miles (48 km). We recommend that cyclists also wear a helmet for their own safety. Bike hire will also be available (preferably by prior booking) with pedalpursuitsbikehire@gmail.com 086-8134061.

Nollaig Shona do gach éinne agus beidh fáilte romhat ar an 27ú.
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