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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

2015 finished on a high with the appointment by Dublin City Council of a new cycling/walking promotion officer, and nearly 700 cyclists making submissions to the council on the Dublin City Development plan.

If one of your new year's resolutions is to get actively involved in making the city better for cyclists then come along to our first meeting of 2016 on the 11 January! For this meeting we will use the relaxing and very sociable ‘World Café’ style to help us brainstorm for the year ahead - what campaigns should we focus on…. what events should we run… how should we use the upcoming general election to keep everyday cycling on politicians’ priority lists…. how should we use both traditional and social media to advance our aims? Come along to share your ideas or just to find out more about cycling in Dublin! 

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

 Hundreds have their say on the future of cycling in Dublin City

Back in December, through Uplift's Campaign page nearly 700 submissions were made to Dublin City Development Plan to make cycling easier and safer in the city. Dublin Cycling Campaign's partnering with Uplift made it possible for getting such a good response. We would like to thank everybody who took the time to use this facility to express their views.

The next stage of the Development Plan is that Dublin City Council is now reviewing these submissions and an amended version of the Draft Plan will be available to view and comment on in June 2016.

Dublin City Council Appoints a Cycling/Walking Promotion Officer

Since the demise of the original Cycling Officer post in 2012, Dublin Cycling Campaign, has been lobbying Dublin City Council to appoint a new Cycling Officer.  We are delighted to announce that a new position of Cycling/Walking Promotion Officer has been created and has been filled by Sarah Scannell, a Council employee who has formerly been involved in working with Business Start-Ups.  Dublin Cycling Campaign played an active role in Sarah’s appointment, and liaised closely with the City Council in the process.

The challenge of this new post will be in promoting cycling and walking in a meaningful way, and ensuring Active Travel is central to the transport agenda of the Council. 

We wish Sarah every success in her new role!
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Cycling Delivers on the COP21 Global Goals

Last month at the COP21 Conference in Paris, ECF & WCA’s Transport Initiative presented Cycling Delivers on the Global Goals. The Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Environment, Sharon Dijksma, joined the event and replied to the presented transport initiatives. That cycling is represented in the row of sustainable transport initiatives was not a surprise for her: “And of course cycling … where would the Netherlands be without cycling!”. Cycling is already delivering on these goals worldwide and that itself is a very good reason in invest in more cycling. Download full document here.

Love 30 Campaign Update

The Love 30 Campaign for lower speed limits had its second public meeting in November with presentations on Legislation and Guidelines and on the Better Block Project which has revitalised inner city neighourhoods in the US.

The Campaign made a submission supporting proposals for 30 km/h speed limits in the Draft Dublin City Development Plan.

The Group has a Facebook page  and a new website and twitter account will be up and running shortly.

In the New Year volunteers will be contacting Community Groups and Residents’ Associations to promote 30 km/h speed limits. If you want to get involved in the Love 30 Campaign please email us at: info@love30.ie

Meet the volunteers!

What kind of people join the cycling campaign and why? This section will introduce you to one volunteer each month. This month it is the turn of Paul Corcoran. Paul is a keen amateur photographer and has contributed many photos to our Flickr albums.

Why do you enjoy cycling in Dublin? Its a great way to travel around the city.

What would be your cycling wish for Dublin? To be more like Copenhagen. Cycling as a way of life and all the benefits it will bring.

How long you have been a member? 3 years now I think!

Why did you join and why should other people join? It's a great way to meet like minded people and make it safer to cycle in Dublin.

Cyclist.ie National News

A delegation from Cyclist.ie and Cycling Ireland, led by Niall McManus (Kilkenny Cycling Campaign), is due to meet Irish Rail officials this month to discuss bike carriage on trains and how we could lobby jointly for improvements in the provision. The importance of train transfers for eco-tourism cannot be overemphasised.You can send any observations to info@cyclist.ie and we will forward them to Niall and the team.

Cyclist.ie wrote to Moyagh Murdock (CEO of Road Safety Authority) on 21 September seeking a meeting to review a range of issues affecting the road safety of cyclists. We have heard nothing from the RSA since then despite a written reminder last month.

A Car Space for Cycling Space?

Adequate cycling parking is a problem in the Liberties, so should more space be made for cycle parking? That's the question Dublin City Council are trying to answer with a trial on Thomas Davis Street, re-purposing one car parking space as cycle parking. The trial runs till the end of January 2016. Try it out and email your views to publicrealm@dublincity.ie or tweet to @libertiesdublin.

Bike Theft Campaign Update

The cycling campaign Bike Theft Group is working with the City Council and Gardai on the “the 4 Es”:

1. Education – on using higher quality Gold Secure rated locks.
2. Enforcement – by Gardai through info & bait bikes.
3. Engineering - more and better bike parking 
4. Evaluation –  getting actual numbers of thefts and tracking this over time.

We've made good progress on item # 2 above (Enforcement) with the Gardai launching a bait bike initiative as well as holding a press event and placing a number of info bikes around the city. On the Education side, on Oct 19th, we had the Lord Mayor, Criona-Ni-Dhalaigh, launch the Bike Security campaign in Grangegorman, DIT campus.

The next challenge is Engineering and particularly bike parking in private complexes. Our research shows that 1/3rd of bikes stolen in Dublin are taken from apartment blocks. In December we visited over 20 apartment blocks to examine facilities and then selected 3 to tour with a few Councillors, Urban Planners from DIT and journalists. 
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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 

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