Cyclist.ie – The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network – is primarily a federation of the affiliated urban cycling or walking campaigns groups in Ireland. Greenway promotional groups may also be members. These collectively comprise the groups listed under Regional Cycling Promotion Groups (RCPGs). Various bicycle festivals and the ‘Wind in Their Hair’ movement are also associated with the organisation.
Cyclist.ie has close working arrangements with An Taisce – The Irish National Trust – which provides office space and administrative back-up to our National Cycling Coordinator and Cycling Ireland (with 35,000 members) which provides grant-in-aid to our advocacy work on behalf of all cyclists.
Each RCPG nominates up to two delegates who collectively comprise The Council, the governing body of the federation. The Council meets formally at least twice per year. An Executive Committee of up to six nominees runs the organisation on a daily basis with the National Cycling Coordinator in attendance. The Executive meets by means of video-conference calls on a monthly basis or as required.
Cyclist.ie is a membership-based organisation. The individual campaigns collectively have in excess of 700 members.
The organisation is a trading-name of Dublin Cycling Campaign Ltd., a registered company, limited by guarantee and having no share capital. It was incorporated in 2001. It is registered under the Companies Registration Office No. 348143 and is awaiting charitable status from Revenue.
Cyclist.ie is a member of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sports National Bike Week committee; Sport Ireland (National Trails Development); Healthy Ireland Initiative.
RCPG members sit on Transport Strategic Policy Committees and/or Cycle Forums in Dublin City Council, Dun Laoire Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council, Cork City Council and Galway City local authorities. These committees deal with transport and traffic issues.
Cyclist.ie currently has 12 members who are certified ‘Bikeability’ instructors under the UK Department for Transport’s / Cycling UK ‘Bikeability’ scheme. It also has two members who are trainers-of-trainers under Bikeability. Some of these trainers have converted to the Department of Transport (IRL) ‘Cycle Right’ cycling skills scheme.
The individual RCPGs collectively have in excess of 800 members. This membership penetration has to be set in the context of very low numbers nationally of commuters actually using a bicycle to get to work, school or college. The number of posts on the Facebook page regularly reach 900. Dublin Cycling Campaign has over 4,500 Facebook followers. More information on membership.