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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

We have another interesting meeting lined up next Monday 11 May at 8pm in the Central Hotel. David Smith, a​ writer and artist​ interested in ‘creative interventions in the city’, will tell us about his experiences at the recent World Bicycle Forum held in Medellín, Colombia. Learn more about what is happening in other continents on city developments​, on bike transport growth,​ and citizen participation!

If you are not a member of the Dublin Cycling Campaign please join today! Becoming a member is the most effective way to help make our city streets safer and better for all Dubliners. For over 20 years, we've been pushing for better cycling facilities and a vibrant, liveable city. Your membership gives us a stronger voice to represent all cyclists.

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Bike Week 2015 is ON THE WAY!

Dublin Cycling Campaign is gearing up for another busy National Bike Week, coming up between 13th and 21st June – check out www.bikeweek.ie for details of all national events.
Right now, together with OPW Phoenix Park, Dublin Cycling Campaign is planning a week long Bike Festival centred on the Phoenix Park, with our 2 signature events, Pedal in the Park and the Cargo Bike Championships are taking place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st respectively. But WE NEED YOUR HELP to make it a success.
Throughout the week, we will be running cycle tours in the Park, some historical and natural history related…but also including a ‘Lonely Hearts’ speed dating cycle tour! There should be a bike stunt team, kids cycle training, music, treasure hunts, and loads of other events! We have lots of other ideas, but need your help to realise them ... and maybe even add some of your own! Overall, it's great fun to be involved in planning and on the days themselves. Why not sign up now to help out!
CONTACT: colmryder@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out ... the sooner the netter!

Belfast Launches Public Bike System!

Colm Ryder and Damien Ó Tuama (pictured) - both from Dublin Cycling Campaign and Cyclist.ie - attended the cycling conference in Belfast on Thursday 30th April. This came just a few days after Belfast launched its own public bike scheme. The conference attracted around 60 delegates from the ‘Civinet’ network of cities and from Belfast City Council and beyond. The speakers included Anne Doherty (Belfast City Council speaking about the Belfast Public Bike Share), Colin Rees (Bath & North East Somerset Council speaking about Bath’s bike-share scheme), Damien Ó Tuama (speaking about dublinbikes) and Patty Delanghe from the City of Ghent.

30kph 

The Campaign’s new 30 km/h Action Group has started work. We want to achieve a reduction in speeds to improve cycling and walking by campaigning for a default 30 km/h in built-up areas. To start we are seeking 30 km/h limits in residential areas and on busy streets, starting in Dublin City Council area and then spreading out to the other Dublin Local Authorities.

We need a slogan so please put on your thinking hats for a catchy slogan. We love the UK’s “20’s Plenty” slogan but need to come up with something different that fits in with km/h. If you have any bright ideas please contact Mairéad Forsythe at mforsythe@eircom.net

We will be asking other relevant organisations to join forces with us so that we can have a speed limit campaign that has its own identity, separate from the Cycling Campaign. Please give your suggestions for potential allies to a member of the Group.

Work is under way on a county-wide review of speed limits in South Dublin. If you live in South Dublin, please contact the Council and tell them where and why you want lower speed limits in your area.

Fix your bike in Skerries!

Anticipating increased cycling over Bike Week and the summer months, Skerries Cycling Initiative have organised a bike repair and maintenance course to be run by the Rediscovery Centre, a social enterprise based in Ballymun. The course comprises six sessions and will take place in Skerries on Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings (9am-12 noon) over a three week period starting on Tuesday 5 May and ending on Wednesday 20 May. The course is open to people over 16 years of age. Any newsletter readers interested in signing up should contact Michael McKenna, Skerries Cycling Initiative, via cycling@skerriesca.com or mobile 086-3021279 or 086-3021279 The course is sponsored by Fingal County Council under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Grants scheme

New Section of Great Western Greenway Opens

Mayo County Council, last Friday 1st May, formally opened the latest Castlebar section of their ‘Great Western Greenway’ project, a new 16km stretch of a shared cycling and walking route. Dublin Cycling Campaign / Cyclist.ie, were invited to the official launch, carried out by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who cycled the route and, in his speech, emphasised the health benefits of the investment.
The route extends in two directions from Castlebar itself. There is a mainly riverside track travelling eastwards and downstream from Castlebar to the Turlough Park National Museum of Country Life. It really is a pleasant gentle cycle, mainly off road. There are two short sections on road, one in Castlebar town and the other close to the National Museum itself.
There is a second, 6km section running westwards to Rehins Wood, which will eventually connect with Westport and the original Western Greenway.
At a cost of approximately €4million, with the support of the Department of Transport Tourism & Sport, and the cooperation of local landowners, the route averages out at about €250,000 per km. This includes some public lighting and 3 new bridges across the Castlebar River.
It is certainly worth a visit, and right now there is a major exhibition on the history of Cycling in Ireland, called ‘Cycling in Ireland - Rothaíocht na Tíre’, at the Turlough Museum. Why not check it out and also send us on your thoughts on this new addition to Ireland’s cycling routes!

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 email us at info@dublincycling.ie and you might let us know if you have a particular skill that might be useful. 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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