Survey published regarding Buncrana greenway in Donegal – win a commuter bike worth €500
In Donegal, as part of the Council’s work for the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (required as part of the planning process), the local Council has published a survey soliciting feedback from the general public regarding their cycling and walking preferences, particularly if a greenway linked Derry and Buncrana.
There is a section on the requirements of tourists, so feedback from outside the area is also sought.
Cyclist.ie was delighted to be part of the AGM of the European Cyclists’ Federation on Thursday last 25 June 2020. Cyclist.ie is the member for Ireland of ECF.
Irish cycling campaigners have been engaged with the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) for over 20 years, while ECF itself goes back to 1983 when some of the larger national associations came together to form a federation of cycling bodies. The aim was to pool advocacy expertise and to affect change at a European level and especially through the European institutions.
For the last 10 years, Cyclist.ie has been increasingly plugged into the ECF, and from 2013 to 2016 Cyclist.ie was part of the ECF’s Leadership Training Programme for ECF member organisations ‘punching above their weight’ in changing mobility policy at a domestic level – see Cycling and Bonding in Sofia with our Continental Colleagues.
One of the pleasures of taking part in the AGM – albeit an online version over Zoom this year – is to connect with campaigners from ECF’s member organisations (74 in 47 countries representing 210,000 individual members). ECF now has new leadership in the form of two co-CEOs, Jill Warren and Morten Kabel (see Staff), and an eight-member board spanning the four corners of Europe. The current ECF President is Christophe Najdovski, Deputy Mayor of Paris for Transportation, Mobility, Roadway and Public Space, while Damien Ó Tuama from Cyclist.ie is a board member since 2016. All in all, there is a strong team working on behalf of cyclists’ interests at an EU level and supporting member organisations at a national level.
This year’s AGM approved the 2019 ECF Annual Report which includes a section on the hugely successful 2019 Velo-city International Conference which took place in Dublin – see ECF_Annual_Report_2019.pdf. Two new member organisations joined ECF – the Hungarian Cycling Tourism Association (as a full member) and Funbici from Spain (as an associate member). The membership also approved a new 2030 strategy for ECF which will be developed into a public document over the coming period.
In summary, Cyclist.ie’s membership of ECF is valuable to us in being part of a broader European movement to create a low carbon mobility system and more liveable communities, and learning from our colleagues.
Please Contact us in Cyclist.ie if you would like to be kept abreast of what is happening at the European level in cycling advocacy.