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Dear <<First Name>>,

We have lots of news and events for you on this edition of the newsletter, as the Velo-city conference keeps getting closer and we stay busy behind the scenes working on the BusConnects routes. 

Next 14th of April we will be cycling along the Liffey once again, this time to celebrate! as the National Transport Authority has revealed their plans of building segregated cycle tracks on both sides of the quays! And though certainly there will be details to look into, the news is overall a positive one so come join us at 11am from Grand Canal Dock. 

We are also looking for women who travel by bicycle in Dublin to take part on the next phase of a research project to take place from the 14th to the 28th of April. Read all about it below and pass on the info as well. 

And finally, remember that Dublin Cycling Campaign is a volunteer-run organisation, so do consider donating your time (or money!) to help us grow stronger and keep making of Dublin a nicer city for cyclists and pedestrians. 

Happy Cycling!
Dublin Cycling Campaign

The Liffey Cycle is Back! Come Celebrate!!

The Liffey Cycles over the last few years have finally paid off. We will be having a celebratory Liffey cycle on April 14th starting at Grand Canal dock at 11am. Please bring your friends and invite your local politicians. Make sure they are Local Election fit! If you would like to marshal at this event please contact Vinnie (vinniemeyler@gmail.com)

BusConnects Rathmines - Support Option A

Our volunteers have been busy drumming up support for the 'Option A' bike route through Rathmines. We were at Portobello Bridge between 8-9am three mornings last month handing out leaflets and talking to cyclists and pedestrians. We were asking them to make a submission supporting Option A, the direct route through Rathmines. Feedback was great and we were very lucky with the weather. We will do this again in Rathmines closer to the submission date (30th April 2019) and in other locations around the city. This is a great way to talk to people about BusConnects and also raise the profile of the Dublin Cycling Campaign. If you are interested in volunteering in future, please contact Vinnie at vinniemeyler@gmail.com

Asylum Seekers in Direct Provision getting on their Bikes

The Sanctuary Runners was founded with the aim of showing solidarity and friendship to asylum seekers living in the Direct Provision system. A main aim is integration into the local community, and this is done through weekly attendance at Parkrun. In Dublin, there are two Direct Provision centres, Clondalkin Towers and Hatch Hall. Runners from Clondalkin Towers attend Corkagh Parkrun while those from Hatch Hall attend Poolbeg Parkrun. One barrier to participation was access to transport so with the help of Twitter we successfully re-homed 16 bikes for the runners who can now commute to Parkrun independently and also now have better and free access to the city. Dublin Cycling Campaign kindly donated a box of very bright lights to the group which were much appreciated. We are still looking for locks and helmets and welcome any donations! (Contact bsheil@tcd.ie)

Campaigning Nationwide and at National Level - An Insight into Cyclist.ie's Work

At our public meeting on Monday 8th April at 7pm, some of the most active members of Cyclist.ie will give an insight into the work of the national / all-island cycling advocacy body. On the one hand, Cyclist.ie focuses on national level policy-making, funding for cycling, legislation and law enforcement issues, and media debates around cycling - and it synthesizes inputs from all its member groups; on the other hand, Cyclist.ie’s work is centred on supporting member groups as they seek to influence policies and plans at a local level.

We look forward to welcoming you to this special public meeting which will give you a flavour of wonderful diversity of cycling advocacy work happening all around Ireland - and the latest news on the "Erasmus+" cycling project which Cyclist.ie, in collaboration with Green Schools Ireland, is taking part in. Read more here. 

Looking for WarmShowers hosts for Velo-city delegates

WarmShowers.org is like AirBnB for cyclists, except that it is completely free. What initially started as a US idea has now spread around the globe. During a recent long-distance cycle tour from Canada to Panama, Michelle (Campaign member) stayed with 37 different hosts. In some houses she was offered her own bedroom, dinner and a beer. In others she was offered a place to pitch her tent and a clothes line to hang washing. What was always guaranteed was kindness. 

Some delegates from NGO and advocacy groups have been in touch with the Campaign saying that the cost of accommodation in Dublin is potentially preventing them from travelling to the Velo-city conference (June 25-28). We are reaching out to Dublin-based members to log onto https://www.warmshowers.org/ and create a profile for the duration of the conference. Let’s offer delegates a real Irish welcome.

Massive, Free, Family-Friendly Summer Cycle Parade

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Convention Centre to St Anne's Park
 
Reminder! A big event is coming up as part of the Velo-city Conference to take place in Dublin in June this year. The Bike Parade will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday the 26th of June. Leaving from the Convention Centre, delegates will be led through the streets of Dublin towards the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) cycle route to finish at St Anne's Park. 

We'll keep reminding you closer to the date, and you check links to photos and videos of previous parades on our website.

Women on Wheels

Women on Wheels is a project run by a group of volunteers with Dublin Cycling Campaign. We’re concerned that only 3 out of 10 people who cycle in Dublin are women, and curious to find out more about women’s experience of cycling in Dublin. In August 2018, we brought together about 50 women to listen to what you are experiencing on Dublin’s streets - do you feel safe? If not, why not?

The next phase of this project will involve keeping a diary of your cycling decisions and experiences; we’re also asking you to use a bicycle bell connected to the research platform through your smartphone to register your experience of cycling as you go about the city. This will be followed by a short interview at the time which is convenient for you. You need to be available to participate between the 14th and the 28th of April.

We’ll be running a workshop at a city centre location on the 14th of April with a space for the kids to play (although the kids will remain their parents responsibility). There will be a debrief session (interview) after the project’s end on the 28th of April. The deadline for applications is 9th of April (next Tuesday). Please spread the word! Any questions, please drop a line to womenonwheelsdublin@gmail.com You can apply here. 

Cyclist.ie part of an Erasmus+ project on sustainable mobility - Kick-off meetings in Corella

Back in September 2017, we were delighted to be contacted - completely out of the blue - by Toño Peña, the Vice-President of Biciclistas de Corella, a Spanish organisation promoting the bicycle as a means of transport. He was inquiring to see if Cyclist.ie would like to be a partner in an Erasmus+ project funding application he was leading. The project was to be all about social inclusion, youth empowerment and sustainable transport. The answer was an emphatic 'yes'! 

The first project meeting definitely succeeded in getting cycling campaigners and school pupils from four quite different countries swapping ideas with each other over the course of the week. It was educational, sociable and a breath of fresh air for us all. Take a bow Toño, Cristina, Quique, Chivvy and team! You can read the whole story on the Cyclist.ie website.

And to hear more about the project (which is a very exciting one and will continue in Dublin next June!), pop along to the public meeting of Dublin Cycling Campaign taking place on Monday 8th of April at 7pm in the Central Hotel, and/or get in contact with Cyclist.ie's National Cycling Coordinator here

Joyce-Cycle

Joyce-Cycle was a pageant of over one hundred participants of all ages on bicycles on the theme of Irish writers, who participated in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Festival Parade 2019 on behalf of Dublin Cycling Campaign. The theme brought to life the wonderful writings of some of our best-loved Irish writers with connections to the bicycle, including James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Dervla Murphy. Some well-known Irish writers and personalities also joined in, astride and merged with their beloved bicycles!

The Joyce-Cycle concept is by artist Donna Cooney, who developed the highly regarded Freedom Machine in the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Due to the success of last year’s pageant, the Dublin Cycling Campaign Joyce-Cycle pageant was in the main body of the parade this year. Donna coordinated Joyce-Cycle, and the parade creative team was assisted by artists Laragh Pittman and Gary Brady, both of whom also worked on the Freedom Machine pageant.

Read the full story here!

Strong recommendations for cycling from cross-party Oireachtas Committee

On 28th March a cross-party Oireachtas Committee, published its final report "Climate Change: A Cross-Party Consensus for Action".
Significantly for cycling the committee recommends - All current transport infrastructure programmes should immediately be revised to achieve at least 10% expenditure on facilitating cycling.
Read on here

Announcement for funding to restore Silver Bridge

Dublin Cycling Campaign chairperson Dr Paul Corcoran has campaigned over the last few years to rebuild the silver bridge to improve connectivity for cycling and walking in Palmerstown.

“Dear elected members, I just received word this afternoon from Fingal County Council that following an evaluation of the tenders received on e-tenders (RFT 147360) for the feasibility report into the Silver / Guinness Bridge that straddles the River Liffey at Lucan / Palmerston, that they have recommended acceptance of the quotation from Casey O’Rourke Associates Ltd in the sum of €21,395 (excluding VAT @23%). They will provide professional consultant services for structural engineering services including survey, costing and preliminary design.

“South Dublin County Council and Fingal will share the cost of carrying out this work, which amounts to €13,158.54 for South Dublin and comes within the €15,000 budget allocated for this project. I have asked Fingal to share the report as soon as it is complete and am looking for a timeline on delivery as well. I’ll share this with you as I get it.”

Communications Department, South Dublin County Council

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