As the European populace is voting for their representatives in the
new European Parliament later this week, we are extremely pleased to see
strong cross-party support for cycling as the future of transport among
the next generation of elected officials. This is the key result of the
ECF European Parliament 2019 election campaign coordinated with our
members over the last few weeks.
In 25 out of 28 Member States, candidates to become MEPs have been asked to complete a survey of their views on five of the most pressing issues for Europe’s cyclists. Candidates were also asked to sign the Cycling for All pledge, signing up to be champions for cycling in the next parliament.
To cut greenhouse gas emissions we need to increase cyclist numbers and that means getting more women on their bikes
So much of the world around us is designed for men; from the mundane (public toilets and smartphones) to the potentially deadly (stab vests and crash test dummies). My own research, recently launched at the C40 Women4Climate conference, revealed similar trends in how we design cities and formulate transport policy, with devastating consequences.
Transportation accounts for up to one-third of greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s biggest cities and traffic is the largest source of toxic air pollution. To create sustainable, healthy and liveable cities, we need to increase the number of cyclists on our streets, and that means getting more women on their bikes. In San Francisco, only 29% of cyclists are women; in Barcelona, there are three male cyclists for every female cyclist; in London, 37% of cyclists are female.
So what can cities do to get more women cycling?
Read article from the Guardian Bike Blog
A Volunteer from the Cyclist.ie network is sought to participate in a week-long study visit / series of workshops and kick-off meetings in Corella in Northern Spain in March 2019. Flights, accommodation and basic expenses will be paid for.
Biciclistas de Corella (Spain), Green Schools/Cyclist.ie – the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, and Frie Fugle (Denmark) have collaborated with a youth association (LAG Suduva, Lithuania) and Alhama High School (Spain) to devise a project (entitled Sustainable Mobility, Sustainable Community) that combines social inclusion, intergenerational relationships, community building and sustainable mobility.
The project is all about sharing good examples of sustainable mobility and cycling promotion, and to provide positive cultural exchange experiences for secondary school students and cycle campaigners. The project involves study visits to Corella in Spain (26-31 March inclusive), Copenhagen (in May 2019, TBC), Dublin (in June 2019 to tie in with the Velo-city cycling conference) and Lithuania (meeting date to be confirmed).
More information on the project and study trip to Spain can be read here
This document outlines the economic benefits of encouraging more walking & cycling in cities
Produced by (and also available from) TFL (London)
Irish Times readers’ survey on what they thought would improve their city
Heartening to find many of their ideas align significantly with what we ourselves are calling for …
“We have taken trips along the canal and really enjoy heading through the Tenters to Weaver Park, ending up in a shaded spot to enjoy some people-watching and ice-cream. Children and dogs find us particularly fascinating and come over to have a closer inspection. We’ve also had fun sitting in the sun listening to the bells of the Cathedral in St Patrick’s park and chatting to tourists about our ‘contraption’.” Read article
With help from Cycling without Age
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. today confirmed an additional €400,000 of funding is being made available to Dublin City Council for investment in cycling safety infrastructure.
Speaking at today’s announcement Minister Ross commented –
“I want to encourage more people to cycle and I realise that safety is a concern to many, so I am continuing to invest in safety measures for cyclists. This €400,000 will improve safety for cyclists at 40 key junctions across Dublin City Centre and is a great example of my Department and the National Transport Authority working with local authorities to improve cycling and walking infrastructure generally.”
This investment will be used to fund Dublin City Council’s installation of smart cyclist detection equipment at 40 key junctions around Dublin. This new traffic management feature aims to make busy junctions safer for cyclists by using smart technology to regulate traffic more effectively. In particular these measures will help alleviate concerns of cyclists regarding collisions and crossing times at busy junctions.
Minister Ross stated: “This funding is in addition to the €110million I have already secured for the development of cycling and walking infrastructure across the country over the next 4 years. Furthermore, significant investment is planned under the BusConnects programme in Dublin, which will deliver around 200km of, where possible, segregated cycle paths.”
The Department is also a key sponsor of Velo-City 2019 and is working closely with Dublin City Council (DCC), who will host the event. The Minister said “I am delighted to support this prestigious event and look forward to welcoming the conference, delegates and sponsors back to Dublin in June of next year.”
The Minister also wished the NTA’s Smarter Travel Team success for their ‘Reboot your Commute’ campaign that is launching tomorrow and thanked the National Transport Authority and DCC for their continued commitment to improving infrastructure.
Bad day for London’s cyclists …
A legal challenge by Westminster city council to block a major cycle route in London has succeeded on a procedural point, in a move that could send Transport for London back to the drawing board and set safety improvements to one of London’s most dangerous junctions back by months.
The council’s successful judicial review of Cycle Superhighway 11 (CS11), which was due to run from Swiss Cottage to Portland Place, is the latest of its blocks to cycling, walking and road safety improvements. Following the scrapping of the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street, the review has cemented Westminster’s reputation as the car-is-king borough of London. Read full article
Cyclist.ie wants the Government to tackle Climate Change, our Health Crisis, and get better value for taxpayers’ money, by prioritising investing in cycling. Below is a Summary of Cyclist.ie’s submission to Finance for Budgetary Consideration.
This is a summary; this is the Full Submission
We are calling for 10% of Ireland’s Land Transport Budget to be spent on Cycling
10 Reasons to Prioritise Investment in Cycling
- It provides excellent value for money and addresses numerous government policies
- Helps tackle congestion
- Helps people get the exercise they need, improves public health, and saves money for the Health Service
- Can improve psychological well-being
- Will improve safety for cyclists and for other vulnerable road users
- Can help us meet our Climate Change Obligations
- Doesn’t’ generate air or noise pollution
- Can create better public places
- Offers an affordable mobility option for all
- Can boost local economic activity
What is the current situation?
- Cycling gets about 2% of the land transport budget and this has fallen in recent years
- 15 cyclists were killed on Irish roads in 2017 as a result of a collision involving a motorist. That is, the highest number in a decade
- Transport accounts for 20% of Ireland’s overall emissions
- Car dependence imposes significant economic costs on Irish society. The cost of congestion in the Greater Dublin Area was €358m in 2012 and is continuing to rise. The cost of congestion for all of Ireland was roughly €1.8bn
- The average cost of running a family car for a year in Ireland is approx €10,700
- The Healthy Ireland Framework and the National Physical Activity Plan recognise the importance of active travel to improve the health and well-being of the population
- The DTTAS Strategic Investment Priorities for Land Investment Policy states we must tackle urban congestion through improving walking and cycling
- The UN Environment Programme calls for 20% of transport funding to be spent on walking and cycling
Cyclist.ie’s Budget Priority Recommendations
Prioritise Investment in High Quality Safe Cycling Infrastructure
- 10% of the Land Transport Budget to be invested in high quality cycling infrastructure. Expedite the Development of strategic cycling infrastructure projects. All planned primary and secondary cycle routes in major towns and cities and all projects in the GDA Cycle Network Plan to be completed as soon as possible
- Cycling to be integrated into the transport system for all major public transport projects
- All planned transport infrastructure including new roads, road upgrades junction design to take account of cycling, and comply with the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (DMURS) and The National Cycling Manual
- Increase projected funding for Rural Greenways, especially those close to settlements and gathering points
Set up a dedicated National Cycling Office
- DTTAS to appoint a National Cycling Officer at senior level who will head a National Cycling Office to promote and coordinate cycling development across Government Departments and nationally
- Dedicated cycling officers to be appointed in every local authority to promote and coordinate cycling development locally
Invest in Safety and Awareness
- Cycle Training to be available in all primary and secondary schools free of charge, and expansion of Cycle Training to 3rd level students and all adults
- Increase in monetary fines for motoring offences impacting on cyclists, currently €60 whereas €80 for other offences
- Introduction of fresh cycle friendly legislative initiatives to promote growth of cycling, including Safe Passing Distance, Contraflow Cycling, Left turn at red lights, Joint use of pedestrian and zebra crossings, and Cycle Priority Streets
- Resourcing and training of Garda in cycle related legislation, and ‘Bike Start’ training to be introduced into the Garda College. Resourcing of greater levels of Garda enforcement of bike related vehicle offences
- Taxi drivers to undergo Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) standard certification to ensure their skills are brought up to PSO standard
- Extension of the Bike to Work scheme
Cyclist.ie, the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, is the umbrella organisation for cycling advocacy groups in Ireland and is the Irish member of ECF, the European Cyclists’ Federation
CONTACT: Colm Ryder, Chairperson – Tel 0872376130 – Email