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Bikes on trains – reservations now possible

After much delay there is now an interim solution for booking a bike space on a train.

You must book online and the bike space must be reserved at the same time as you purchase your ticket. If you buy two tickets you get two bike spaces, so if traveling in a group where only one needs a bike space they need to book separately

Flat bike fare is 6 euro single or 12 return this is cheaper than current fares for most medium to long distance journeys

On most trains the name of the bike owner should be displayed electronically at the bike rack

More information and feedback on Dublin Cycling Group’s Facebook page

Articles in and

Irish Rail’s announcement page, and their page on cycles and trains

“I come up with all my ideas for songs when I’m cycling” – Karen Egan

Karen Egan singer & songwriter

Me & my money: Are you a saver or a spender? I rarely have enough money to save but when I do I think buying quality products always saves you money in the long run.

Do you shop around for better value? These days, all the time. But I do worry about eating food that’s cheaply produced, so I spend a bit more on that.

What has been your most extravagant purchase ever and how much did it cost? £120 on a top hat. It’s collapsible.

What purchase have you made that you consider the best value for money? My bike. It’s the fastest and cheapest way of getting around town, and it’s my site of inspiration. I usually come up with all my ideas for songs when I’m cycling.

Full article – Irish Times

Brief comments and excerpts from 2009 Pucher et al paper on effective pro-cycling measures

Ray Ryan, Chairperson, Skerries Cycling Initiative, 1st Oct 2010


John Pucher, Jennifer Dill, Susan HandyInfrastructure, programs, and policies to increase bicycling: An international reviewPreventive Medicine 50 (2010) S106–S125.


Pucher et al’s review addresses a tough question : what measures are effective in getting more people to cycle? Continue reading Brief comments and excerpts from 2009 Pucher et al paper on effective pro-cycling measures

Bids for Smarter Travel

Shortlisted bids for Smarter Travels Areas Stage 1 available

11 areas have been shortlisted to progress to Stage 2 of the Smarter Travel Areas Competition.  The 11 areas will now compete to bid for funding of up to €50 million over 5 years to transform them into world class SmarterTravel demonstration zones.

The 11 shortlisted areas are:

  • Cork City
  • Drimnagh, Dublin City
  • Dundalk
  • Dungarvan
  • Galway Metropolitan Area
  • Kilkenny City
  • Limerick City & County – Castletroy
  • Loughrea
  • Navan
  • Sandyford and environs
  • Westport

Sky Ride Etape Hibernia


The Sky Ride Etape Hibernia to attract thousands of cyclists to County Clare

Ireland is set to become home to an annual international cycling event organised by the world’s largest sports, entertainment and media company.

IMG today, in partnership with Sky, Fáilte Ireland, Shannon Development, the Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau, Clare County Council, announced details of the country’s first closed road cycle event. 

The Sky Ride Etape Hibernia will take place over an 80-mile (approx) course in scenic County Clare on Sunday, August 22nd 2010.

Continue reading Sky Ride Etape Hibernia