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Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

With the winter upon us and the days growing shorter, please remember to stay visible and working lights with you! Members of the campaign have been handing out some lights this week while (shortly) engaging with cyclists during morning rush hour traffic.

Number of cyclists keeps going up in the city, and better infrastructure should keep increasing too. We have exciting times ahead with a lot of wheels in motion to make Dublin a nicer city for cyclist and pedestrians. And in order to make it happen better, faster, surely, we need to keep working towards it. 

On our next meeting we will be hearing from Councillor Andrew Montague, Chair of Dublin City Council Planning Committee process of drafting a City Development Plan, and how you can have a say in shaping the future of your City. So come along, next Monday 9th at 8pm to the Central Hotel and Exchequer St and be part of the change!

Happy Cycling!  
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Have Your Say! Dublin City Development Plan

Dublin City Council are at the final stages of drafting a new City Development Plan, which will shape the policies and plans for the City over the coming years. This document is key to determining the kind of City we might expect in the future! The latest DRAFT of the Plan is now available online and open till 11th December for final submissions and comments. Dublin Cycling Campaign have already made a pre-submission and will be one of many organisations making a final submission.

Come join us for our next Public Meeting on Monday Nov 9th at 8pm at the Central Hotel on Exchequer St where Councillor Andrew Montague, Chair of Dublin City Council Planning Committee will explain the issues involved, the labrynthine process of drafting a City Development Plan, and how you can have a say in shaping the future of your City.

Growing Dublin Cycling Campaign: Funding Fundraising Expertise Sought!

Since its foundation in 1993, Dublin Cycling Campaign has grown into a strong advocacy organisation and we have succeeded in moving cycling in towards the centre of transport thinking. We’re very organised, have a great volunteering ethos and are a lead member of Cyclist.ie – the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network which lobbies at a national level for much greater investment in cycling.

However, compared to city cycling advocacy organisations abroad – such as San Francisco Bicycle Coalition – Dublin Cycling Campaign is a small organisation with no paid staff, no office and not nearly enough members! We need your help to change this!

The Love 30 Campaign

The Love 30 Campaign had a public meeting on Thursday 22 October 2015. The attendance was small but enthusiastic. There was some really good discussion and lots of ideas for the development of a campaign. The Group will meet again in a few weeks to discuss a plan of action and we hope to see more potential activist members at that meeting. The Group has a Facebook page that you can visit clicking here.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council is seeking submissions on a proposal to introduce 30 kph speed limits in some residential estates. This is welcome news but only some residential estates are included in the proposal. We understand that the majority of estates are excluded from the proposal because the Council doesn't have funds to install traffic calming measures. Submissions and observations may be made online at www.dlrcoco.ie on or before Wednesday 11th November 2015, or via email to traffic@dlrcoco.ie. Full details here.

Here's a good podcast from the DublinInquirer summarising basis and aim of the campaign. Less than seven minutes long, check it out!

A Very Special Celebration!

Long before the advent of the Great Western Greenway, long before anyone thought of a Dublin to Galway cycle route, and well before any other cycle routes were planned here in Ireland, a small group of committed volunteers got together in Newcastle West and started work on building what is now known as the Great Southern Trail, Ireland‘s first formal ‘Greenway’! It serves 3 large towns, Rathkeale, Newcastle West, and Abbeyfeale.

The route is along part of the alignment of the former Limerick to Tralee rail line which closed in 1977. It is all of 25 years ago that work began, and now after many years of volunteer work and judicious use of grants a full 40km of the route is cyclable and in great use. The volunteer team has done a wonderful job in the face of much official indifference, and are determined to celebrate the successes of their achievement. So on Saturday 7th November at 1pm next they invite their supporters along to CELEBRATE!

Come to the Desmond Complex, Gortboy, Newcastle West (behind the Fire Station/Library) for the launch of a new video entitled "Journeying from a Railway to a Greenway". Refreshments will be provided. At 3pm the Mayor of Limerick, Liam Galvin, will officially start a walk from the Desmond Complex to Ardagh (5Km-3Miles) retrace the very first walk made along the route in 1990. More refreshments and chat will follow at Neary's Bar before returning to Newcastle West courtesy of Coach House Travel at about 5.30pm. Join in a joyous occasion!

Congratulations to Liam O Mahony and his team on this auspicious occasion!

Keep Your Bike Safe!

After the official launch of the Bike Security Campaign, the infographic on how to best keep your bike safe was all over the news. In case you missed it, click on the image above or here for the full infographic. 
Dublin Cycling Campaign has been coordinating a Working Group set up through Dublin City Council to tackle the big problem of Bike Theft. 

A Dublin Cycling Campaign survey from December 2014, showed that 66% of bikes stolen in Dublin are locked using cable locks or cheap chain and padlocks and, according to the group, these can be easily cut through and offer limited security.

The Bike Theft Group has this advice for cyclists: *Use U-locks with the Sold Secure accreditation, Silver or Gold` standard. *Lock your bike at home; bikes get stolen from gardens and sheds. *Record your serial number and take a selfie/photo of you with bike. *Don`t buy a bike you think might have been stolen; ask for a receipt. *Always report a stolen bike and give the serial number and photo to Gardai.
*You can report theft up to value of Eur 500 online at  www.Garda.ie.
The Campaign would like to once again thanks David Timoney for all his work in this campaign!

Stop Climate Chaos Dublin March

The bicycle, technology from the 19th century, has a role to play in improving the air quality and noise pollution in our 21st century cities. It has other added bonuses too beside making our urban environment more liveable such as direct benefits for our physical and mental well being. Join us on Sunday November 29th at 2pm.

This event is part of a Global Climate March. On November 30th, world leaders meet in Paris to start negotiating the next global climate deal. That’s why, the day before, people around the world will take to the streets and push leaders at every level of government to commit to tackling climate change.

So bring your banners and spread the world to everyone you know to make this the biggest climate march Ireland has seen!!!

Join Us! Become a Member or Even Better an Active Member!

A group of volunteers members of the campaign came together last Thursday morning, November 5th, to promote the work of the campaign and encourage more cyclists to become more involved in the cycling future in the city, and giving away some bike lights! 

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.

So even if you don't have the time to become a active member, join us as a member and help us grow as an organisation. 
As a member you will receive a Cycling Rewards Card that gives you discounts at over 40 cyclist friendly businesses. 

And if you would like to be involved next time we take to the streets (even for only half an hour), get in touch with us at
 info@dublincycling.ie 

New Greenway from Mullingar to Athlone

Dublin Cycling Campaign member Paul Corcoran reports on the grand opening of the ‘Old Rail Trail’ on 18th October 2015.

We started off on our cycle in Mullingar railway station beside the Royal Canal for the 30kms trip to Moate for the opening ceremony of the facility. As we left the station the only thing to guide us was the straight line running south west out of Mullingar as the most obvious location for the greenway since Westmeath County Council are still in the process of acquiring signs for these sections of greenway. After about one km in the chilly morning air, we saw the spur leading from the canal and the brand new tarmacadam surface of the greenway. It was noticeably easy to cycle on. There was an old platform further down with intricate designs in the stonework and lots of wildflowers still in bloom in mid-October.

Cyclist.ie News

The biannual meeting of the Council of Cyclist.ie was held in Tralee hosted by Kerry Bicycle Festival's Keith O'Faolain. Council delegates are made up from the various campaign groups around the Island. The Council is the decision making body of Cylist.ie.
It was a good representative attendance of 13 delegates. Each local group gave a short update on its status since the last meeting in March. Notable items were:
- Dingle have received some Údarás funding for a feasibility study
- Skerries continuing work with Musgraves on HGV awareness training
- Dublin having good success with Bike Theft Campaign liaising with Garda and Council
- Sligo had a very successful PARKing Day and Bikeweek events
Nearly 20 formal submissions were made on planning proposals since the last Council meeting. This is an important aspect of our link with An Taisce, and very helpful in raising the profile of Cyclist.ie, but more needs to be done by local groups.
The revision of Cyclist.ie Policy Principles was discussed, and some suggestions for change were proposed and agreed. This will be released soon in its final version.
Cyclist.ie has met with all the major government departments and agencies since the previous Council meeting. Cyclist.ie is the 'go-to' organisation for the media and agencies.
A major feature this past year has been engagement with the Garda around the issues of Fixed Charge Notices, Bike Theft, and a proposed RESPECT Campaign. Cyclist.ie needs to build on the contacts and help to turn around their often negative thinking on cycling issues.

Bicycle Collision Tracker

Dublin Cycling Campaign welcomes the project by our latest and independent news provider in town, DublinInquirer, who are developing a Bicycle Collision Tracker that will help mapping intersections that might be unsafe for cyclists. 

You can help this initiative by spreading the word around, and, if you were involved in a collision, by filling in the form with its details
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