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
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
Cyclist.ie has responded to the public consultation process associated with the publication by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport of their Review of the National Land Transport System. The submission is here. Overall, we are alarmed at how little attention is being given to health, quality of life and climate change issues by DoTTAS.
Saturday 18th October 2014
Tailor’s Hall, Back Lane, Christchurch, Dublin 8
13:30 for lunch / 14:00 start / 16:30 finish / informal socialising afterwards
Hosted by Cyclist.ie – Irish Cycling Advocacy Network Continue reading Gathering of Greenway and Rural Cycleway Groups in Ireland Sat 18th Oct
Department of Transport Tourism and Sport – Statement of Strategy 2015-2017: call for submissions
The Cyclist.ie submission
The next Cyclist.ie submission will be in response to a review of Strategic Framework for Investment in Land Transport
There’s a long tradition of Cambridge University students cycling to their studies. With the new term in full swing we celebrate the morning pedal to lectures. View
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
Children, older people and deprived communities would benefit most from a change, conference told
Cutting speed limits in urban areas to 30 km/h (20 mph) reduces the number of road accidents and the severity of injuries, according to the Institute of Public Health Ireland (IPHI). Read article
See also 30kph Speed Limits
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
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