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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

Whether you've been festivaling, on holidays or simply enjoying a good old cycle in Dublin, Ireland and beyond, we hope you have enjoyed the summer! 

We are full of plans for the upcoming months and... we need your help! Check out in the articles below the many campaigns we will be running and how you can help. It can be as simple as mapping out the problems for cyclists and pedestrians in your area, or sharing your experiences on the road. 

Remember that our next public meeting is on Monday 14 September at 8pm, at our usual spot, the Central Hotel on Exchequer St. We hope to see you there! And if you are not a member of the campaign yet, join now

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Next Public Meeting Mon 14th Sep @8pm

Our monthly meeting on Monday 14th September will explore the possibility of a national campaign to increase the number of areas with a 30kph speed limit. We have invited individuals and organisations that we hope will want to join us in the effort to secure lower speed limits in urban areas. The meeting will also hear what it means to provide areas of relative safety and tranquility to enable children to play and people to walk and cycle without fear. We hope to see you all at what promises to be a very interesting meeting.

Dublin City Council is undertaking a review of the current Bye-Laws, under Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act 2004 and has invited submissions as part of a ‘Pre-draft Consultation’ on the (Special Speed Limit) Bye-Laws in Dublin City. The current City Development Plan (2011-2017) favours the introduction of 30 kph within the canals and in the vicinity of schools. The Campaign will be making a submission strongly supporting 30 kph within the canals, in residential estates and in the vicinity of schools.

The Campaign has been told that “South Dublin County Council is currently carrying out a countywide speed limit review. It is intended to provide a 30 km/h speed limit at all schools. As part of the countywide speed limit review all residential areas and internal roads within housing estates will also be considered for a speed limit of 30 km/h.”

Will Anything Happen Soon in Dublin City? 

Cycling enthusiasts are despairing of the slow rate of development and improvement in the cycling and pedestrian space within Dublin City! Many grandiose plans exist, including a proposed cycle network for the Greater Dublin Area, but the slow pace of development and the lack of real commitment by central government to financing this development has left cycling advocates feeling let down, despite many positive government and National Transport Authority reports! But the scenario is not totally negative!
  • Three of the four local authorities, at the instigation of Dublin Cycling Campaign, have now set up a specific Cycle (& Pedestrian) Forum. We await similar moves from Fingal County Council.
  • Dublin City Council are about to appoint a Cycling/Walking Promotion Officer, which might hopefully accelerate the pace of progress on cycling and walking projects.
  • A number of significant cycle related schemes are about to go out for public consultation, such as the Clonskeagh to City Centre cycle route, and the Clontarf to Amiens Street cycle route.
  •  The Royal Canal cycle route has gone through consultation and we await final confirmation of the plans.
While we await the outcome of all these great plans, Dublin Cycling Campaign is working on proposing immediate improvements to the walking and cycling environment in Dublin City. Check out separate article in this Newsletter. Be part of the Action! Contact us now at info@dublincycling.ie. 

A New Voice in Dublin Media

A brand new and refreshing voice has appeared on the Dublin scene, concentrating on in-depth articles on issues related to Dublin, many of them on Planning and Transport, but also on other general issues. It is a breath of fresh air giving a voice to many communities and issues that would otherwise  not be aired. And all articles are given space and time to elaborate on the nuances of the different topics!

If you haven't already checked it out see dublininquirer.com. They have a dedicated 'planning and transport' reporter, Willy Simon, who has done a number of articles already on topics such as The Liffey Cycle Route, the reluctance to install zebra crossings, the City Centre Study, etc. Anyone interested in the future of the City and what's happening will benefit from reading it! Dublin Cycling Campaign have been well featured in its initial editions.

Dublin Inquirer are always looking for ideas for articles. So, if you have a burning issue you want to raise in relation to Dublin and its future, why not check them out!?

An Irishman’s Reflections on the Cycling Tradition of Copenhagen

Like Dublin, Copenhagen had a rich urban cycling culture in the post-war period. Whereas we in Ireland made the motor car king, the Danish took specific steps to maintain use of bicycles and to limit the impact of cars. This cycling movement was forged though the successful opposition to several major road projects at that time that would, if carried through, have placed cars at the centre of city transport (we had a few narrow scrapes ourselves in Dublin, as in the aborted plan to construct a motorway over the canals in the 1970s)

There seems to be a real sense of pride in the distinct Danish cycling culture, with over 50% of commuters travelling by bike:  numbers using cycle lanes are clocked on large monitors at various points (around 16000 daily at a central bridge I cross by 4pm); rush-hour in the city centre involves, not the gridlocked tedium we find in many parts of Dublin, but large groups of people on bicycles using a citywide network of 420km of dedicated, kerbed cycle lanes; the cycle system has its own traffic light system and over-passes. The degree to which cycling is embedded in civic culture here is evident in the Vejrpigerne/Weather Girl statue in a central position high above City Hall Square (see image). In any discussion of cycling in Copenhagen, the Freetown of Christiana should also be mentioned, a thriving countercultural enclave that dates back to 1971. All things alternative, including cycling, were promoted in this autonomous community and its legacy for the city has been considerable.

It seems that because of the safety of the network, and the obvious respect of motorists who will always give right of way to bikes, helmets or high-vis jackets are rarely seen and generally not worn, even by night. As in Ireland, a system of fines has recently been introduced to encourage the use of bicycle lights by night, among other measures.  Cyclists I have spoken with remarked that implementation so far has been fairly relaxed, and the key consideration seems to be to support the existing cycling culture with a few tweaks here and there. The experience in Copenhagen clearly shows that council/municipal support, long-term vision and a respect for community needs over vested interests can allow cycling to be become the default transport option for citizens, at once healthy, fashionable and safe. 

Want to Be a Part of the Change in Dublin City and Help us Out!?

Hey!.....We need  you to help us out!  Do you have some time to spare? If so, we ​could do with  your help ​for ​our  following campaigns!

1  RESPECT Campaign
We are planning a RESPECT Campaign to be run later in the year in conjunction with the Garda Traffic Management Unit, Dublin City Council, and hopefully the Road Safety Authority, and other organisations. 

The objective of the RESPECT Campaign ​is to promote better behaviour ​and Respect between all road users, ​recognising that all users of public space have a right to be there. In this way​​ we can help to make the city better for cycling and walking.

Can you help with planning, organisation, graphic design or creative idea? Then get in touch with Muireann muireann.odea@gmail.com

2 Quick Wins for Cyclists and Pedestrians​ in Dublin City Council Area
Following a meeting with the Dublin City Manager, ​and in recognition of the fact that ​many of the planned cycling/walking projects for Dublin City will not be completed for a number of years, we are compiling a list of short term measures that could be implemented ​to improve safety for cyclists, ​and pedestrians alike. We are thinking mainly of increased road space in certain areas for cyclists, installation of temporary cycle lanes, improved signage, installation of flexiposts to segregate cycle lanes​, improved pedestrian crossings, and removal of metal barriers.​

​Would you like to be part of the group compiling a list of quick wins? If so contact colmryder@gmail.com.

3  Solutions for 'Rat Runs' in the city that affect residential areas
Dublin City Council recently carried out a small scheme at Bishop Street close to Aungier St and blocked off a dangerous junction, and a street widely used to avoid traffic lights at Cuffe St. Schemes like this could be ​replicated in a number of areas throughout the city to reduce the number of 'rat runs' for vehicles, and improve safety for all road users.  We want to identify these Rat Runs, map them and suggest solutions!
Would you like to be part of the group ​working on ​compiling​ and mapping​ a list of ​Rat Runs and suggesting possible solutions? If so contact colmryder@gmail.com

Fixed-charge notices (FCNs) for cycling offences

With the introduction of FCNs for seven traffic offences by cyclists on 1 August it is important that road authorities fix traffic-signal detection systems that fail to register a bike at the junction.

Let us know about any suspect detectors (induction loops and/or PIR-proximity sensors). We need junction location; junction arm that has a suspect detector and local authority name. You can contact us via our Facebook or Twitter page. 

Plans for South Dublin

South Dublin County Council is seeking observations on the Draft Development Plan for 2016-2012. Full details are available on the Council website. The deadline for observations is 24th September. The Campaign will be making a submission. If you wish to have your views included in the Campaign’s submission please email mforsythe@eircom.net. Alternatively you can make your own submission to the Council.

Cyclist.ie Making an Impact Nationally!

Cyclist.ie - the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network is growing from strength to strength. In the last few weeks, the European Cyclists' Federation confirmed it is supporting us financially for a further year because of the success of our lobbying work to make cycling a normal part of Irish society. We're also delighted that more of the main Irish cycle importers are coming on board to support our work.

Our latest submission, sent this week, was to the Department of Finance. The pre-budget submission aims to encourage fresh thinking about using the taxation system to reduce the societal impacts and latent costs to the Exchequer from unfettered motorised transport use and unhealthy lifestyles. We argue that teh budget should  support modes of transport with benefits across health, community and the environment sectors, and that investment in cycling is one of the most cost-effective actions that any government can make. Full submission here.

Finally, we expect a large turn-out at Cyclist.ie's twice yearly 'Council' meeting taking place in Tralee on Sat 10th October (12 noon until 17:00). We'll have at least two representatives from each of our dozen + groups, plus we expect a strong local Kerry contingent participating! For more info / to book your place, contact damien.otuama@antaisce.org ASAP.

Dun Laogh./Rathdown Road Safety Plan. Campaign Submissions

Dublin Cycling Campaign and An Taisce/Cyclist.ie made two submissions re: the draft Road Safety Plan of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Overall we think the proposed actions in the Road Safety Plan could go much further to make the public roads of the county safe places in which to cycle and walk. 
Click here for the full story and submission!

Bicyclists Rock the Electric Picnic!

Dublin Cycling Campaign curated another exciting bicycle space at Global Green as part of Electric Picnic 2015. The bicycle collective was made up of cycling groups from all around the country - namely: Dublin Cycling Campaign, The Bike Institute, Cork Cycling Festival and Clare Cycling Community. Click here for the full story!
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