From Cycling Ireland
The cycling community has lost another member to the roads. This year has seen eleven people die while cycling their bike on the road. The circumstances vary, city cycling, rural cycling, commuting, recreational cycling, day and night. This is no longer a debate about who deserves the road more, the finger pointing has to stop and a commitment from the government to an increased investment in cycling must be agreed before this number becomes twelve.
Currently less than 1% of the transport budget is spent on smarter travel – or cycling and walking. We need this to increase in order to make the roads safer and more user friendly for everybody. The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme for 2016-2021 was published last September, proposing that out of a €10 billion transport budget, €100 million would be spent on Smarter Travel.
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Over the coming days around 25 Irish delegates will begin their journeys to Nijmegen in The Netherlands for the largest cycling planning and advocacy conference in the world: Velo-city 2017. Approx 2000 delegates are expected at the four-day event with many more taking part in side-events and in the gigantic evening-time mass cycle through the city.