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Here's a toast for a great 2019! Hope it finds you on the saddle and happy! We are off to a great start with the first Liffey Cycle this Sunday 13th and our first World Café style meeting next Monday 14th. You can find all details below. 

We would like to thank everyone who has been supporting the campaign over the years by volunteering their time and joining us as members of our community. We are preparing ourselves for a busy year ahead as Dublin will be once again hosting the largest cycling conference, VeloCity, and we will need a lot of helping hands! So hope you can join us this year for that and... 

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

World Cafe Style Meeting 
Mon 14th Jan, 7pm

Start the New Year on the right pedal & promote cycling!

Our first meeting of 2019 will take place in our usual venue - the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street. All are welcome.

The meeting starts at 7pm with tea and coffee from 6.30pm.

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.

There is a lot coming up this year: BusConnects, Velocity conference, Local elections, major cycle to the Dail and much more!

If you are thinking of getting more actively involved in the cycling campaign then this is the meeting for you. Or if you are new to the campaign or to cycling in Dublin come along to find out more about what we are doing to make Dublin a cyclist friendly city.

Meet our new vice-chairperson Dimi Kirova!

At our August 2018 AGM we elected a new vice-chairperson, Dimi Kirova. We’ve been finding out a bit more about her and why she got involved in the cycling campaign.

1.    Where are you from and how long have you been in Ireland?
Originally from Bulgaria I moved in Ireland about six years ago and have been living in Dublin ever since. Ireland is a home now for my daughter and I.
2.    How many bicycles do you have and how long have you been cycling?
When I was living in Sofia (in Bulgaria) I used to have a racer bike, but unfortunately few months later my bike got stolen. It took nearly two decades and the move to Ireland before I got my next bicycle. I bought my next bicycle two years ago, after my daughter got a bicycle for her birthday - I couldn’t let her cycle on her own so I had to get one too.
3.    How did you get involved in Dublin Cycling Campaign?
When I got my first bicycle here in Ireland, two years ago, all my friends and literally everyone who I knew were all quick to tell that cycling in Dublin is pretty dangerous. After cycling to work for three months, I couldn’t understand why local and central authorities were doing so little to meet the needs of people who want to keep fit while commuting to work. So, I decided to join the DCyC to possibly help bettering cycling conditions around Dublin.
4.    What are your priorities for Dublin Cycling Campaign?
The cycling campaign is organised by a group of core volunteers and there is always lots of activities or events happening around the campaign. It would be fantastic if more people would consider getting involved in the campaign by volunteering or by supporting us as members and supporters.
5.    What advice would you give to people who would like to get involved in the campaign?
To those who would like to get involved in the campaign I would like to say this: just get in touch – via Facebook, Twitter, our website or join us at one of our protests or regular events. You will find that we are a nice bunch of likeminded people, you will make new friends and you will have the chance to get involved in something of benefit to our society and to our children.

Erasmus + project:
Study visit to Spain

A Volunteer from the network is sought to participate in a week-long study visit / series of workshops and kick-off meetings in Corella in Northern Spain in March 2019. Travel, accommodation and basic expenses will be paid for.

Biciclistas de Corella (Spain), Green Schools/ – the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, and Frie Fugle (Denmark) have collaborated with a youth association (LAG Suduva, Lithuania) and Alhama High School (Spain) to devise a project (entitled Sustainable Mobility, Sustainable Community) that combines social inclusion, intergenerational relationships, community building and sustainable mobility.

The project is all about sharing good examples of sustainable mobility and cycling promotion, and to provide positive cultural exchange experiences for secondary school students and cycle campaigners. The project involves study visits to Corella in Spain (26-31 March inclusive), Copenhagen (in May 2019, TBC), Dublin (in June 2019 to tie in with the Velo-city cycling conference) and Lithuania (meeting date to be confirmed). You can find more details about the project here

January Liffey Cycle

Sunday, January 13, 2019
11am Grand Canal Square

The first Liffey Cycle of 2019 takes place on Sunday 13th of January. Come along and bring your friends and family with you!

The #LiffeyCycle is an inclusive event intended to get as many people as possible up on their bikes for a social cycle along Dublin’s Quays. It takes place on the second Sunday of every month and everyone is welcome to come along, especially families and inexperienced cyclists.

We will gather in Grand Canal Square, just in front of the theatre, for an 11am start. We’ll cycle a loop of the Quays in one large group and then finish up back where we started. The cycle will take approximately one hour.

Bus Connects - What Does It Mean for Cyclists?

BusConnects is the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) masterplan for bus travel in Dublin. One of the key initiatives is the Core Bus Corridors (CBC), in which the NTA proposes to build 230km of bus lanes and 200km of segregated cycle track on 16 key routes into the city. 

The €750M budget of BusConnects could be transformational. The proposed Swords to City Centre route alone is estimated to cost €55M. It would take decades to build all the corridors if we solely used the national cycling budget, which is €110M for the next three years.

However, BusConnects, despite the promises, could treat cycling as an afterthought. Cyclists could be sidelined, just like on the Luas Cross City project. The clarity of what the NTA are proposing at this early stage, leaves many questions unanswered and there is still the potential for some of the poor-quality cycling infrastructure that we have seen in the past.

In mid-November the NTA published their proposals for four of the Core Bus Corridors (CBCs). This includes the Clongriffin, Swords, Blanchardstown and Lucan to City Centre routes. Dublin Cycling Campaign has identified a number of high-level concerns amongst hundreds of detailed issues, which you can check out in full detail on our website

If you want to be kept up-to-date on BusConnects subscribe to our BusConnects email newsletter. We’ll email you updates on the corridors your interested in.

Dublin City Cycle Forum

Many of you may be unaware of the work done through the Dublin City Cycle Forum. This forum was set up and is chaired by Andrew Montague, the former Lord Mayor and Champion for cycling in Dublin. Its function is to keep abreast of all cycling developments, and also to prompt the development of policy and projects to promote cycling in Dublin. Dublin City Council officials and Garda and agencies such as NTA and RPA attend.

Dublin Cycling Campaign is represented on this Forum, which meets approximately 5 to 6 times a year. We represent the views of cyclists. In this way we keep up to date with what is happening in Dublin, but also introduce items of interest and concern to Cyclists. A glance at some of last month’s agenda items, gives a flavour of the issues raised:

  • Update on over 20 cycle projects at present in train
  • Cycle training in schools
  • Dublin Bikes expansion
  • Contra flow cycling in Dublin
  • Garda bike theft initiative
  • European Cycle Challenge

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.
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