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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

After a packed AGM in July, we have been busy with events, working on submissions, meeting with the Dublin City Manager and the Gardaí, and putting pressure on the respecting of cycle lanes! 

All the good work of the campaign could not be done without the active participation of the many volunteers that get involved regularly (and even sporadically!), so cheers to all of you, you know who you are! We also want to particularly thank as well all the new members that have recently joined the campaign, your contribution is of great help! 

We hope to see you at our next cycling meeting on Monday 10th of August at 8pm at the Central Hotel and remember there is still time to complete the Dublin City Council's survey on its City Centre Transport Study! (see info below).

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Lessons from Velo-city Mon 10 August 8pm

Velo-city is the fabulous cycling planning conference run annually by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF). This year it took place in Nantes in June with over 1,500 delegates from 80 countries attending. Four members of Cyclist.ie took the time to head over, as well as employees of Dublin City Council, the Department of Transport, Cycling Ireland and Roughan O'Donovan consulting engineers.

For our August public meeting, the Irish attendees of Velo-city will reflect on what they learnt – what are the latest developments in cycling policy and initiatives to transform cities into cycling friendly places? Dublin Cycling Campaign's post- Velo-city session always attracts a packed house of planners, engineers, officials as well as advocates seeking the best ideas from abroad that can be applied to Ireland. Please arrive early to be guaranteed a seat!

#FreeTheCycleLanes!

Dublin Cycling Campaign (DCC) “liberated” a section of cycle lane on Ranelagh Road between 8.30 and 9.30am on Friday 31 July to highlight the issue of illegal parking in cycle lanes and the danger and discomfort this poses to people travelling by bike. This problem is well known to anyone who cycles regularly in Dublin and other urban areas.

We also recently started the Twitter campaign #FreeTheCycleLanes @Dublincycling to highlight the issue. Hundreds of instances of illegal parking in cycle lanes / clearways during their period of operation have been posted already. Here is a compilation of those tweets.

You can read the full story here and check out the pics here. Many thanks to our supporters who are helping out on this campaign!

Is illegal parking in cycle lanes a problem on your route, and would you like to help us organise a similar protest to highlight the issue? If so, contact info@dublincycling.ie

Cycling Campaign Meets City Manager

A Dublin Cycling Campaign delegation recently met with Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan to discuss a number of proposals related to development of cycling in Dublin. In general, we met with a good response, but we will be keen to see some tangible progress on a number of particular issues in the near future.

Cycling Officer - It appears that Dublin City Council plan to recruit the new Cycling Officer through an internal competition initially. The specification for the role was discussed, and the Campaign is reverting to the Manager with comments on the job description. He is hopeful that the post will be filled in October.

RESPECT Campaign - we presented a proposal for a Respect Campaign, which would aim to improve behaviour by and between all road users: drivers, cyclist, and pedestrians. The Manager agreed to support such a campaign, and we are to contact other potential allies in this campaign, such as the Gardai and Road Safety Authority.

City Centre Developments - we pointed out that many of the proposed improvements in Dublin city centre would not be realised in the near future, and much needed to be done in the meantime to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. The campaign is to revert to the Manager with proposals for interim improvements.

30km/h Speed Limits – The Manager agreed to review existing entry arrangements for entrances to the city centre 30km/h zone, in order to improve visibility and effectiveness of the zone. Further 30km/h zones are under consideration.

Overall a useful meeting, which will hopefully soon see some positive outcomes!

URGENT! Dublin City Council Survey 
Last days: Do it!

Friday 7th August, 2015 at 5pm is the deadline for completing Dublin City Council's survey on its City Centre Transport Study.

PLEASE take 2 minutes to fill in the survey and make your views known that it is high time for the centre of Dublin City to be a properly safe and attractive place for people of all ages and abilities to cycle. Currently it is not! Furthermore, many city centre businesses continue to underestimate how much of their business comes from those on bike, foot and public transport, so the city needs to prioritise less for cars and more for the sustainable modes.

You might also add your signature to this petition and urge your friends to do like-wise. If you've a further few minutes and feel strongly about the need to make the city really safe for us, then fire your full comments into traffic@dublincity.ie before 5pm on Friday. Thank you!

Cyclist.ie delegation meets An Garda Síochána

On Wednesday 15 July 2015, Damien Ó Tuama, Colm Ryder and Mike McKillen met with Superintendent John Ferris and Inspector Michael O’Connor (Dublin Metropolitan Area Traffic Corps) at Dublin Region Traffic Corps HQ in Dublin Castle, where they set out the thinking behind the Fixed-Charge Notices (FCNs) for cyclists.

The overarching point we stressed was that there had to be balance between issuing fines to cyclists and penalising drivers who put cyclists at risk by fly-parking in cycle tracks; exceeding speed-limits; invading ASLs (bike-boxes) and overtaking dangerously.

We pointed out that they only managed to issue 144 fines nationally in 2014 to drivers for illegal parking in a cycle track (figures provided in response to a Parliamentary Question) and that we would be using this as a comparative metric for fairness and balance in the enforcement effort on fines for cyclists into the future. Click here for the full report on the meeting

Cyclescheme Ireland supporting Cyclist.ie!

The latest cycling industry body to put its weight behind Cyclist.ie’s effective lobbying work is Cyclescheme Ireland.

They provide free-of-charge administrative and promotional services to employers of all sizes wishing to provide a Cycle to Work Scheme benefit for employees. They facilitate employers who may not have the time or resources to provide the scheme to their staff. Additionally, they seek to help employers to:
- encourage more employees to cycle to / from work, and keep commuting by bike;
- educate employees on all of the health and fitness benefits of commuting by bike;
- reduce the amount of internal administration in managing the scheme.

If you’d like to hear more about their services, email info@cyclescheme.ie and request a brochure or call the team on 01 293 6200.

Cyclist.ie wishes to thank Cyclescheme.ie sincerely for its financial support this year. This enables us to better represent the needs of everyday bicycle users and grow cycling all around Ireland.

Chris Boardman takes a cycling tour of Utrecht

We were very impressed with the short film produced by British Cycling's Chris Boardman who took a trip to Utrecht in the Netherlands to get a sense of how that city has made cycling a central part of its culture. Well worth a watch.

In September, a number of Dublin Cycling Campaign activists and professionals from within the transport field will partake in a study trip to Utrecht and other Dutch cities to get a first hand experience of high quality cycling conditions. There may be some spaces left on this trip. Please contact cian.ginty@gmail.com (who runs the website irishcycle.com/) for more details.
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