An Taisce is running an online fundraising campaign to support the work of the National Cycling Coordinator (NCC)
For the last seven years, Cyclist.ie has had a strategic partnership with An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland in support of the NCC position. This part-time role was created following a successful funding application by Cyclist.ie to the European Cyclists’ Federation’s Leadership Programme. See here and also here for more information on that programme.
The NCC role is all about helping everyday cycling to grow, drawing on expertises from within An Taisce and Cyclist.ie. One of the main challenges of the role is to help Cyclist.ie’s member groups link together and make decisions in a cohesive way and thus create a stronger campaigning force at a national level. In 2008, there were just seven member groups in Cyclist.ie – from Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Maynooth, Skerries and Waterford. As of October 2020, there are 25 member groups within the network, with further cycle campaigning (and greenway) groups now crystallising and looking to become part of the network. On this interactive map (with a screen shot below), we show the cycling campaigning/advocacy groups on the island of Ireland with many of them member groups of Cyclist.ie. The map is currently being developed and updated further.
An Taisce and Cyclist.ie are now working to ensure that the NCC position can operate on a more permanent and full-time footing, so as to help build the network of campaign groups countrywide – and, ultimately, so that government funding can be leveraged to be spent on more high quality cycling infrastructure nationwide and so that more cycle friendly legislative interventions can be introduced.
You can donate to this online fundraising campaign to support the NCC work via this An Taisce donate page.
If you have any questions on the fundraising campaign or the NCC role, please contact Dr. Damien Ó Tuama, the current National Cycling Coordinator, via [email protected]