Asks for Local Elections Candidates

Irish Cycling Campaign has compiled our Top Asks for Local Election 2024 Candidates – as presented below.

Firstly though, we are reminding LE candidates from all parties that cycling is one of our most democratic, affordable and accessible means of transport. Cycling is a reliable mode for people at all income levels, especially those who struggle with economic uncertainty and rising energy costs. Cycling gives people an opportunity to stay healthy, which in turn saves society many millions of Euro in healthcare costs. More people cycling means cleaner air, a more rapid decarbonisation of the transport sector, less congested streets, and safer neighbourhoods.

Additionally, it is crucial that at a central government level, at least 20% of capital transport spending must continue to go on active travel, and that the vast majority of the rest is spent on radically improving our public transport systems.  

At a local government level, these are our asks:

  1. Higher sustainable transport targets 
  2. Rapid advancement of Cycle Networks 
  3. Advancing School Streets and Safe Routes to School 
  4. Higher quality cycle facilities 
  5. Upskilling of Local Authority staff and Councillors 
  6. Default 30km/h speed limits in built-up areas
  7. Development plans to prioritise
    – Land use planning that prevents car-dependent sprawl
    – Proper permeability and connectivity
    – Mandatory bike parking at new developments 
    – Maximum, not minimum, numbers of car parking spaces
    – Encouraging car share 
  8. Plans below Development Plan level mirroring the above
  9. Supporting voices from cycling advocacy to be on Council Committees 
  10. Enforcement of illegal car parking dealt with effectively 
  11. Imaginative promotion of everyday cycling for multiple journey types
  12. Auditing and maintaining all sustainable transport facilities to high standards

Note:
(1) Local Groups within Irish Cycling Campaign will be adding bespoke local asks for local candidates to this list.
(2) An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland (https://www.antaisce.org/) also endorses our 12 listed asks.

A list with elaborated points can be read below. 

  1. Higher cycling, walking and public transport (modal share) targets – i.e. fewer journeys made by private motor cars (since EVs alone won’t bring us to the decarbonisation targets). 
  2. The implementation of the ‘Cycle Connects’ cycle networks and the metropolitan cycle network plans for Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Galway and the Greater Dublin Area. 
  3. Roll-out of school streets and Safe Routes to School interventions (including cycle parking). 
  4. Higher quality cycle facilities (i.e. not compromised at pinch points and junctions etc. and generally following the Cycle Design Manual) and smarter use of contra-flow and modal filters
  5. Upskilling of Local Authority staff and Councillors through CPD programmes and taking part in study trips to the Netherlands / Denmark, and attending the Velo-city conference, so that we end up with higher standards and better facilities etc. 
  6. Adoption of 30km/h default limits on built-up roads (to follow from new legislation)
  7. Development plan issues
    – Land use planning which encourages walking, cycling and public transport use and prevents car-dependent sprawl
    – Proper permeability and connectivity
    – Mandatory bike parking at new developments – apartments, shops, PT hubs / Higher Bike Parking standards (both numbers and quality of facilities) at various public locations (town centres, sports grounds, churches, gyms, hospitals, apartments etc.
    – Maximum, not minimum, numbers of car parking spaces (Cf. DHLG&H guidelines)
    – Encouraging car share (e.g. with dedicated car share spaces in new developments) 
  8. Plans below Development Plan level to mirror the above (e.g. Local Area Plans and Local Economic Community Plan (LECP))
  9. LE Candidates to support voices from cycling advocacy within council committees and structures (e.g. Strategic Policy Committees, Joint Policing Committees and Road Safety Working Together Groups)
  10. Enforcement of illegal car parking dealt with effectively (by a combination of Council wardens and contractors – plus An Garda Síochána) – and designing out possibilities for offending. 
  11. Imaginative and ongoing promotion of everyday cycling for multiple journey trips (just not commuting) and intermodal journeying (particularly bikes plus public transport)
  12. Auditing and maintaining all walking and cycling and public transport facilities to high standards. Ensure ongoing budgets for maintenance e.g. buying specific maintenance plant/ machines

    Note:
    Our 10 Asks ahead of General Election 2020 can be read here https://cyclist.ie/2020/10/cyclist-ie-10-asks-budget-2021/.