Cyclist.ie strongly supports the view of the Road Safety Authority, as stated yesterday by its Chair Ms. Liz O’Donnell, in relation to the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2017 before the Oireachtas Transport Committee, where she called as ‘disgraceful and self-serving’ the behaviour and tactics employed by a tiny minority of rural TDs, who are delaying the passage of vital lifesaving road safety legislation.
Vulnerable road users (VRUs), in particular, need certainty that the driver behind the wheel is not impaired or distracted at all times. The new penalty set out in the Bill will focus the minds of those who continue to believe that it is safe to drink and then drive with a pint or two imbibed. Six people who cycle did not return home so far this year from their journey
Rural deputies need to reflect on the fact that a disproportionate number (8 out of 15) of cyclists died on rural roads in Ireland in 2017. The filibustering deputies need to look at the mote-in-the-eye: Co. Kerry: 3, Co. Cork: 3, Co. Mayo: 1
Chair of Cyclist.ie, Colm Ryder says: “The deputies filibustering on the passage of the Bill should face the fact that people are dying on our roads due to people driving under the influence, and unlicensed drivers driving unaccompanied. Cyclist.ie strongly supports the proposed Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2017 in its entirety, and urges our legislators to ratify it as soon as possible in order to save lives”.
Surely new politics has its focus on enhanced road safety for all road users and not delaying the introduction of life-saving regulations.
Further information: Colm Ryder: 087-237 6130; Mike McKillen: 087-2314 613
Dublin Cycling Campaign took the lead role in making a submission to The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland in response to its call in seeking consultations with the public.
Our primary concern is the reform of Roads Policing in line with the Cyclist.ie submission made to the Policing Authority last September in relation to the Garda ‘Policing Plan 2018’
This submission is entitled: The Role of the Irish Police & the Health & Safety of people who want to cycle
We are thrilled that An Bord Pleanála has approved the proposed development of a pedestrian and cycle bridge crossing the River Shannon in Athlone. The decision was made on 31st October 2017.
This is a critical element of the jig-saw in building the Dublin to Galway Greenway which is part of the longer Moscow to Clifden EuroVelo Route #2 Capitals Route
Cyclist.ie, made detailed submissions to An Bord Pleanála supporting the proposal and we are delighted it has now progressed through planning. One of our submissions is below. For all of our members who helped out with the site visits and fed in to our submissions, we say *A BIG THANK YOU*!
The next stage is, of course, securing funding to get the bridge built … and that is where more advocacy work is required!
Keep in touch with us if this is an area of cycle advocacy that interests you!
Note: the image shows the location of the proposed river crossing. More anon on the details of the bridge and links.
We were pleased to meet so many cyclists at the Show. We took the opportunity to explain what we are trying to achieve for everyday cyclists among a mass of sports cycling types.
It was good to meet up with Phil Skelton of Stayin Alive at 1.5 who also had a stand at the Show.
It was interesting to note that we brought all the materials for our stand in the Dublin Cycling Campaign’s cargo-bike whereas all the other exhibitors came in trucks, vans and cars!
It was sad to see so few visitors arriving by bike judging from the small numbers of bikes secured to the racks in front of the RDS Main Hall entrance.