Category Archives: Irish Posts

Ireland’s roads dangerous for children?

The Independent Child Death Review Group report uncovers high level of child fatalities attributable to Road Traffic Accidents

11 out of 68 non-natural child deaths known the HSE  (and 3 out of 17 while in the care of the HSE) found to be attributable to Road Traffic Accidents

Cyclist.ie find this data scandalous but reject often-heard calls for children to be corralled away inside – childhood obesity is now a far higher risk; our streets must be made safer for all

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Cyclists welcome rejection by An Board Pleanala of controversial Kerry N86 road design

Cyclists hail scrapping of NRA “fake greenway” scheme

Cyclist.ie, Ireland’s National Cycling Network and Lobby Group has welcomed An Bord Pleanala’s rejection of a controversial National Roads Authority (NRA) scheme for the N86 in the Dingle peninsula. The road upgrade scheme running from Camp to Dingle had attracted particular concern because the designers planned to co-locate a tourist cycling path directly beside high speed traffic for the entire length of the scheme (28km).

See also Irish Times article

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Cyclists welcome changes to Traffic Regulations

Traffic law changes end a grave injustice say cyclists. Cyclists celebrate end of unfair traffic regulation.

Cyclist.ie, the network for all the cycling campaigns in Ireland, has welcomed the recent ending of the regulation requiring mandatory use of cycle tracks by cyclists. The removal of the obligation was long sought for and was included as Objective 15.4 of the Government’s National Cycle Policy Framework (April, 2009). The changes to the Traffic Regulations were released by the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar TD in September and became law earlier this month. As acknowledged in the National Cycle Policy Framework, much of the cycling infrastructure constructed in Ireland is of a poor standard and can place cyclists in a dangerous position – such as inside turning HGVs.

Example of ill-designed cycle lane

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Minister Kelly announces €4.5m funding for 11 ‘Active Travel’ towns

Initiative will lead to a more cycle friendly culture across the country

Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly has today announced over €4.5 million funding for walking and cycling infrastructure as part of the ‘Active Travel Towns’ Programme.

The initiative sees eleven successful Irish towns granted funding for local cycling and walking strategies – including new cycle-lanes, provision of walkways and behavioural change initiatives in local schools and workplaces to encourage people to switch their transport mode. Continue reading Minister Kelly announces €4.5m funding for 11 ‘Active Travel’ towns

Growing Cycling Participation and Closing the Gender Gap

What? Dublin Cycling Campaign Conference 2012

Three years into the National Cycle Policy Framework (NCPF), this conference will assess its progress in bringing positive change to cycling in Ireland. It will emphasise the necessity of focusing on women and young people to achieve the target of 10% cycling participation by 2020. Papers will be presented from Irish and European perspectives with new initiatives and ideas. It will provide essential guidelines for officials, professionals and practitioners. Read more