I am writing this submission from my position as chairman of ‘Cyclist.ie’, the all-island umbrella body for utility cyclists. I was born in Belfast and lived there for part of my childhood years. All my relatives live in Northern Ireland.
I would urge that you listen to what experienced cyclists (Cyclists Touring Club, NI Cycling Initiative, many individual cyclists, etc.) have been saying to you about this Bill. Its original proponents may mean well but what you, as legislators, have to consider is the unintended consequences of introducing it into law.
I would urge that you consider your answer to these two fundamental questions below:
- Is the Bill going to reduce significantly the incidence of road traffic collisions involving a cyclist and a motorised vehicle?
- Is the Bill going to reduce significantly the incidence of head injuries leading to death or morbidity in such collisions?
The peer-reviewed research evidence suggests that the answer will be ‘no’ to both these questions. The CTC and others have provided you with the references to this literature. Continue reading Letter to NI Assembly on Helmet Law
Cyclist.ie bi-annual meeting; Limerick: University of Limerick; Saturday 12th Match, from 11a.m. Continue reading Cyclist.ie bi-annual meeting: Sat 12th March – Limerick
With the general election looming we felt the need to make ourselves known to the prospective TDs and make cycling visible in the election campaign. Jonivar created a survey which can be found along with the summary at http://cyclin.gg/survey . The survey deals with; personal bicycle use, national cycling policy, benefits of cycling, encouraging cycling among children, driver training, bike schemes and the law. Continue reading Survey of General Election 2011 Candidates
Automatic cycle counter
Location: N11 inbound, at border with DLR CoCo and City
Operational since 1 Jan 2011
It was funded by NTA
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 Independent.ie and IrishTimes.com
Irish Rail’s announcement page, and their page on cycles and trains
Dublin cyclists who break traffic lights or who cycle on paths could soon be subject to ‘on-the spot’ fines, under new plans from Dublin City Council to crack down on offenders.
It has written to transport minister Noel Dempsey asking him to consider introducing a new system of fines after a meeting of one of its key policing committees sanctioned the move.
Ray Ryan, Chairperson, Skerries Cycling Initiative, 1st Oct 2010
John Pucher, Jennifer Dill, Susan Handy; Infrastructure, programs, and policies to increase bicycling: An international review, Preventive 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