Cyclist.ie’s ambition is for every county in Ireland to have its own cycling advocacy group (or groups) and for all of these to be incorporated into our all-island network. This is at a time when government commitment to sustainable transport has never been greater.
Currently around two thirds of the counties in Ireland have their own cycling user / advocacy groups, and these span Cycling Campaigns, Bike Festivals, Greenway Groups and other Special Focus Groups. Additionally, there are new Cycle Buses popping up all around the place which is great to see.
On the map here http://cyclist.ie/map/ (screen-shot below), we have plotted these groups and have provided direct hyperlinks to all of them so you can get a good idea of what is happening where. Contact details are provided for most of them via this online map.
Within Cyclist.ie’s umbrella, we now have 25 full member groups. To give you some context, this has grown from just seven groups back in 2008 when the federation was formed. See here for the first Cyclist.ie submission made in October 2008 which was jointly produced by our then member groups from Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Maynooth, Skerries and Waterford.
Note that the ambition for every county in Ireland to have its own cycling advocacy group is now part of Cyclist.ie’s brand new strategy which was adopted at our most recent Council meeting held on Saturday 12 December 2020. We will be producing a public version of this strategy in the coming months which will be posted to our website.
At Dublin Cycling Campaign’s online public meeting taking place on Monday 18th January 2021 (at 8pm), Cyclist.ie’s National Cycling Coordinator, Dr. Damien Ó Tuama, will be giving a short presentation on this ambition. This is part of an evening of 10 short talks on an array of topics. For details, check out this link. As part of the talk, Damien will offer some ideas on how to support the setting up of a new group and join the network. All are very welcome.
If you live in a county which does not appear to have an active cycle campaign group within it, but you are keen to have one in order to help shape your Local Authority’s transport and cycling policies – and, ultimately, to change conditions on the ground for the better, then drop Damien a line. We look forward to hearing from you!
All in all, this is an exciting time to be involved in cycling advocacy.