Category Archives: Irish Posts

New EU funding for cycling projects in Ireland announced!

At the beginning of December an official press release for the funding of three cross-border greenway projects in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland was announced that will open up new sustainable cross border travel routes for both cyclists and pedestrians. The EU’s INTERREG VA Programme has offered approximately €23.27 million.This will fund the development of greenways in three different areas including one joining Carlingford to Newry, a route from Monaghan into Armagh along the Ulster Canal and three different routes in the North West, one from Strabane to Lifford and two from Derry/ Londonderry into Donegal. One of these routes is good news for the further development of EuroVelo 1 in Ireland. Read article

Royal Canal cycling greenway ‘mediocre’ – claim

The Royal Canal Greenway, currently being constructed along the the Royal Canal across the northern boundary of the county has been described as “mediocre” by local lobbying group Maynooth Cycling Campaign.

“This was a lost opportunity to provide a good quality greenway as opposed to a mediocre one – one which will compares unfavourably with the Deise Greenway,” Maynooth Cycling Campaign said in a blog post on their website on November 18.

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Meath Co Co Rejects Maynooth Cycling Campaign’s Submission

Maynooth Cycling Campaign’s submission here

Meath County Council has rejected all the points raised in Maynooth Cycling Campaign’s submission on the Moygaddy Road, part of the proposed ring road around Maynooth.

The main point concerned the separation of an off road cycle track from the road. The council proposed a separation of 1.5m whereas Table 4.3 of TD300 Provision of Cycle Facilities in Rural Areas requires a minimum separation distance of 2m for speeds of 80km/h or less. The council’s response was “The separation distance at 1.5m is deemed to be appropriate”.

The second point of the submission was differentiation of cycle track from the footpath in level and material. Meath County Council responded that there would be suffice demarcation with different materials.

The third point was for the provision of filtered permeability on the existing road. Meath County Council undertook to implement some traffic calming but did not state whether or not filtered permeability would be included .

A common aspects of all three responses is that they fail to address the points raised in the submission and recommend no changes regardless of standards, best international practice or any other arguments or precedents. This continues the practice in most local authorities of looking for public submissions but rejecting submissions from cycling groups if it does accord with their proposals

Cyclist.ie’s Work Highlighted at Cycling Ireland Awards Night

On Saturday 26th November, Cycling Ireland hosted its 2016 Awards Night in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, Dublin. The night was a celebration of the cycling events and developments of 2016, across the many strands of the activity and sport of cycling. Cyclist.ie was represented by its new Chairperson, Colm Ryder, and by National Cycling Coordinator, Dr. Damien Ó Tuama. 
 
Cyclist.ie’s work – and the new collaboration with Cycling Ireland – was highlighted. A new video explaining what the collaboration is about was shown to the 200 or so guests at the event. This was followed by an on-stage interview with Damien and the Secretary General of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), Dr. Bernhard Ensink – as pictured here with Declan Quigley, MC for the event. Damien and Bernhard stressed the importance of making everyday cycling safe and normal, and for proper investment to be made in high quality cycling interventions. The ECF and World Cycling Alliance proposal that there needs to be a designated UN World Bicycle Day received a great reaction from the attendees. 
 
Bernhard had been in Dublin with a team from ECF as a result of Dublin City being short-listed, along with Helsinki, to host the prestigious 2019 Velo-city International Cycling Conference. The ECF team spent three days exploring the city and meeting key figures including Minister Shane Ross, the CEO of the National Transport Authority Ms. Anne Graham, the CE of Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan, and other decision-makers. It is expected that a decision will be made on which city will host Velo-city within the next month or so. Watch this space.

Greenway News

Latest from SouthernTrail.net

More news (graphics):  here and here

But: Ross diverts Greenway funding to ‘Boxer’ Moran’s turf

Also: Work starts on Great Western Greenway expansion in Achill

Council to investigate making Barnagh Tunnel part of GST

Planning permission (part 8): upgrade to the Great Southern Trail now uploaded to Limerick City & County Council’s website

GST extension into Kerry comes closer:

Support for Galway Greenway

An East Galway Greenway?

Freedom machines: How Ireland embraced cycling

Ireland’s Cycling History – A Wonderful Story!

Paul Rouse, the noted sports historian has written this article, on cycling in Ireland, in a recent edition of the Examiner newspaper.  Anyone who reads it will, I dare say, be very impressed and amazed at the grip that cycling had on the Irish psyche back in the early part of the 20th century.

The article also has wonderful and evocative images of cycling ‘events’ over the years.  As we arrive next year in 2017 at the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bike, articles such as this will help us to appreciate how far the simple bicycle has come … and gone … in its development, and in our culture.

Sit back and Enjoy the Ride!

Gardaí catch 24 times more Dublin motorists than cyclists breaking red lights

The figures, released at a press conference in Dublin this morning, show that 1,296 cars in Dublin have been recorded breaking a red light so far in 2016 – 24 times the rate of cyclists caught breaking red lights (54) in the same period.

In response to a question from TheJournal.ie, Garda Superintendent Tom Murphy said zero pedestrians have died in collision with a cyclist, but he said one has been seriously injured.

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Campaigners Seek Better Train – Bicycle Integration. Volunteer Needed!

Cyclist.ie has a new working group examining how to integrate rail and cycling better. We want to see far higher quality cycle parking at all Irish rail stations, easier carriage of bicycles on trains and clearer information on how this can be done. We are inspired by the policies and practices of train operators abroad who really value their cycling and rail customers! Even simple interventions like giant bicycle logos at appropriate spots on carriages can make a difference – as shown in the photo above from Denmark!

The working group includes representatives from Cyclist.ie, Kilkenny Cycling Campaign, Maynooth Cycling Campaign and Cycling Ireland. The next of our regular meetings with Irish Rail will take place on Thu 20th October (afternoon).

We are now seeking a new volunteer (or several) from the wider cycling community who can help us prepare for these meetings. We would really like to hear from you if you are a regular train user – and cyclist – and have thought carefully about how Irish Rail could better accommodate its cycling customers. The ideal volunteer will have some knowledge of how progressive systems abroad work in terms of combining bike and rail, and/or can help us carry out research on this topic. We would also love to hear from you if you have specialised transport or mechanical engineering knowledge, since some of the discussions on the potential for retrofitting existing Irish Rail rolling stock can be quite technical. Even better still if the volunteer can take time out to come to meetings with us!

Please email the National Cycling Coordinator ASAP if you can help out (and ideally by Fri 14th October). Thank you.