Extraordinary coalition of businesses support bold Cycle Superhighway plans

The CEO of Microsoft UK, Michel Van Der Bel, gave his support today to the Mayor of London’s ambitious plans to build two new Cycle Superhighways. He joins an extraordinary coalition of businesses urging Boris Johnson to build the routes.

Microsoft joins over 120 employers who have sent letters of support for the Cycle Superhighways – including RBS, Unilever, Orange, Deloitte, Coca-Cola, the Financial Times, and law firms Olswang,Allen & Overy, and Herbert Smith Freehills.

Read article, but there is also opposition

Could the same thing happen for Dublin’s Quays? – see also the latest in the Irish Times

New European Commission should maximise growth and jobs by investing in cycling

Today the European Parliament has approved the new European Commission. ECF is particularly looking forward to working with Ms. Violeta Bulc, the new Commissioner for Transport. During her hearing in front of the European Parliament, Ms. Bulc stated that she loves nature and that she supports the polluter-pay and user-pay principles.

The European Cyclists’ Federation expects that the Slovenian Commissioner will soon present her vision on cycling as a means of transportation. Our organisation has also requested a personal meeting with the former Slovenian minister who will be in charge of transport in the EU for the next five years. Read article

Prof. Brian Caulfield of TCD researches cycling issues


His latest work with his graduate student researcher, Jack Short, involved analysing two data sets containing information on serious injuries happening to cyclists on both our roads and off-road in driveways, gardens, MTB trails, etc. We know from the international research road safety research literature that police forces don’t necessarily record all cases of serious injury happening to cyclists from impacts with vehicles (these are called RTCs) on public roads so that there is considerable under-reporting of serious injuries. Continue reading Prof. Brian Caulfield of TCD researches cycling issues

Drivers, make way for bike riders

My state senator joined the chorus of the bikelash — yes, there is a name for the mouth-frothing, torch-bearing rabid behavior some New Yorkers display when confronted by women on slow blue bicycles who couldn’t go over 10 miles an hour if we tried — when she joked on Facebook about screaming profanities out her car window at riders who are far more at risk from her than she is from them. Read article

NI Cycling Strategy

Cyclist.ie has made contributions about everyday cycling strategy to the NI Assembly Regional Development sub-committee at Stormont as well as to NI Minister for DRD, Danny Kennedy MLA, and his officials.

Some members of Cyclist.ie will be attending at the public seminar on the Strategy on 16 October in Belfast.

In the ROI we are at the half-way stage with our NCPF (2009) which sets a target of 10% of everyday trips to be made by bike by 2020. The target is slipping away unless the government commits in the Budget next Tuesday to enhanced funding for cycling promotion and the establishment of a national Cycling Officer and a team of specialists based at DoTTAS to really drive the promotion of cycling for commuting for work and school, shopping, children socialising around their neighbourhoods, etc.

Draft Bicycle Strategy For Northern Ireland – August 2014