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Dublin Cycling Campaign - Newsletter July

08/07/2016

Dear Cycling Campaign Supporter,

We bring you another jam-packed newsletter this month with a fun Moon Cycle, calls for action for safer streets nationwide and proper funding for cycling, some good news for cyclists in Dublin and an invite to the Cork Cycling Festival in July!

And if you want to meet many of the people behind these campaigns and hear some lessons from the international cycling conference held in Taipei this year, come to our next Public Meeting on Monday July 11th at the Central Hotel (all the info below) where you can also enter a draw to win a bike!

Remember that all of our work is done by volunteers so if you are not a member yet, join us and help make Dublin a safer city for cyclists and pedestrians!

Happy Cycling!
Dublin Cycling Campaign

Win a Bike!

Our Bike Week raffle draw takes place at our monthly meeting on Monday 11 July in the Central Hotel. First prize is a single speed adult’s bicycle from DLB Cycles, Dún Laoghaire! Second prize is a Zooom Balance Bike from ThinkBike, Rathmines.

All tickets bought at the Irish Cargo Bike Championships are in the draw. And there is still time to buy tickets on Monday night. Thanks to all the other sponsors of prizes: 2Wheels Cycles, Cornucopia, Belfield Bike Shop, OPW, Penny Farthing Cycles, Donnybrook Bikes, Harry's Bikes, Phoenix Park Cafes. All funds raised go to the Dublin Cycling Campaign to support our work to make Dublin the best cycling city!

A Date for Your Diary: Cycling Campaign AGM Monday 8th August

We're beginning to prepare for our Annual General Meeting 2016 - our most important meeting of the year when we reflect on the last 12 months and plan for the next 12. If you have strong ideas on the direction our campaign should take - what are we doing right, what are we missing? - then come along on 8th August and let us know.

Crucially we are seeking suitable candidates for Chairperson for the next year. This role is all about driving the Campaign forward, chairing and setting the agenda for our monthly meetings, and being the figure-head for cycle campaigning in Dublin. If you are interested in this role, please email info@dublincycling.ie by Friday 29th July explaining briefly (say, in less than 300 words) why you think you are suitable!

There are, of course, other roles for which we will be seeking support at the AGM - we'll have details in next month's newsletter.

National Bike Week 2016 - Did You Notice?

Dublin Cycling Campaign, along with many groups nationwide, hosted a variety of events nationwide to celebrate all things BIKE, during Bikeweek from 11th to 19th June last (PDF, 15MB).

Weather played a big factor in many events with some poor turnouts, but some of our Bike Tours in the Phoenix Park managed to attract the crowds and the sun! - see photo! We have had great reports from our sister groups in Sligo and Cork on different events, some with unusual twists. The three major Dublin events; City Centre Cycle, Bikefest, and the Irish Cargo Bike Championships were all hit by bad weather and numbers were down on 2016.

A lot of organisation goes into the events, but is it worth it, and is Cycling nationally moved on as a result? These are questions being asked, and we would love to have your opinion on the value of Bike Week in promoting cycling nationally. Do you have any great ideas on how it can be improved? Keep in mind that the budget is very limited. Contact us via our Facebook Pages or at info@dublincycling.ie


Cycle Safety Talk at Zendesk

Kudos to software company Zendesk for contacting Dublin Cycling Campaign and arranging a cycle safety talk on 30 June 2016 in its offices at Grand Parade in Ranelagh.

The session was all about raising the staff’s awareness of how to remain safe on the roads and be particularly conscious of the more common and serious collision types (related to the movements of heavy goods vehicles, being ‘doored’ by cars, being cut off by left-turning motor vehicles, deep pot holes etc.). You can read the full story here. And if other companies would like to organise a similar session, please contact us by clicking here.

Appointment of Professor Donal O’Shea as Honorary President of Cyclist.ie

Cyclist.ie – The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network – is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Donal O’Shea as its first Honorary President. Prof O’Shea is a consultant endocrinologist specialising in obesity/overweight and is Chair of the Policy Group on Obesity at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is also a member of the Government’s Healthy Ireland Council.

“In the race to become the most obese country in Europe, Ireland looks set to win. Latest predictions estimate that by 2030, 90 per cent of Ireland’s population will be overweight or obese, the highest projected level of any European country.”

Prof O’Shea is delighted to accept the new Cyclist.ie Honorary President role.

Professor Risteard Mulcahy, Campaign member - RIP

We were saddened to hear of the passing of cardiologist and pioneering public health campaigner in Ireland Professor Risteard Mulcahy. Risteard was a member of Dublin Cycling Campaign since its foundation in the early 1990's.

He was particularly active in the early years of the Campaign when Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr John Gormley, set up the Lord Mayor's Commission on Cycling with the brief of mapping out a proposed cycle network for Dublin City. Read more...

Join Us! Become a Member – or Even Better an Active Member!

The Dublin Cycling Campaign is a completely voluntary group working on behalf of all cyclists in Dublin. The more members we have, the quicker we can transform the city and culture for the better. Join today! As a member you will receive a Cycling Rewards Card that gives you discounts at over 40 cyclist friendly businesses.

Active Members

We have an email list where we occasionally send out requests for help with specific jobs or events. If you would like to be added to the list please email us at info@dublincycling.ie and you might let us know if you have a particular skill that might be useful. Being on the list is not an obligation to do work, but you might see something you would like to help out with.

Lessons from Velo-City Public talk Mon 11th

Velo-city Global is the biennial gathering of key figures involved in the development of everyday cycling all around the world. This year's event was held in Taipei, Taiwan and at our July public meeting, we’ll be discussing the best ideas that emerged from the conference.

Join us on Monday 11th of July at 8pm at the Central Hotel where Will and Barry will be sharing with us the sheer energy and momentum for change that such a worldwide gathering of cycling experts can generate.

Will Andrews, one of Dublin Cycling Campaign's former Chairpersons, travelled from his base in New Zealand to Taipei on our behalf. Joining Will was Ballymena-based Barry Flood. Barry is a board member of both Cycling UK (formerly known as CTC), a mainly UK-based campaigning organisation with 66,000 members, and a Vice-President (and Treasurer) of the European Cyclists' Federation, based in Brussels.

Time for Action!

From inspiration of the very engaging Bike Week talk by Dr Cara Augustenborg (read our Q&A with Cara) to her subsequent blog on Ireland's Transport Silence and UN Environment Programme's call for policies that support bicycle use, it's now time to put some pressure on to have cycling centre stage as a solution to some real world problems.

You can help by: Ask the new Minister of Transport, Shane Ross, to allocate cycling a better share of the transport budget with our handy email text.

Joining the nearly 130,000 people who have already supported the Air pollution petition calling on the EU Commission and national governments to prioritise the health of citizens over that of industrial lobbies.

Moon Cycle to Dunsink Observatory

For the second year in a row, Dublin Cycling Campaign is proud to be collaborating on the Festival of Curiousity and to be running the fabulous Moon Cycle to Dunsink Observatory. This event will take place on Thursday night 21st July - full details here.

We'll be looking for some help on the night, so please contact us if you can lend a hand (ideally by chatting to us at/after our monthly meeting on Monday 11th July.

Do also check out the full schedule for the Festival: Lots of brilliant eclectic events in there!

A Bill for Minimum Passing Distance Law (MPDL) in Early Stages

The early workings of the proposed legislation are being done by Ciarán Cannon TD, ably assisted by Regina Doherty TD. Ciarán is a passionate bicycle rider and is off to do the Etape du Tour in a few days time. (We wish you well Ciaran!) Regina and her family are active cyclists and realise the potential benefits of this law.

And we need your help! In order to keep the pressure on we need as many signatories as possible to our petition. Please like, share, comment with names of others who might be interested on Stayin' Alive at 1.5 Facebook.

Much appreciated, Phil Skelton, Stayin' Alive at 1.5 Campaign. Add your name to the petition here

Cork Cycling Festival

The Cork Cycling Festival is run by a voluntary team who just love bikes as a great way to get about and want more people to enjoy cycling. The festival is entirely free to the public, welcoming all ages and walks of life with a special focus on family-friendly events. This year’s festival will have over 30 events with something for everyone - day, lunchtime and evening cycles. Check it out from the 15-24th of July!

Some Good News for Pedestrians and Cyclists in Dublin!

Sarah Scannell, Dublin City's Cycling/Walking Promotion Officer, posts weekly updates on things happening with cycling and walking in Dublin City on her Blog. Check it out for some small cycling and walking crossing improvements! Every little bit counts!

Sligo's Successful Bike Buffet

Sligo Cycling Campaign’s Bike Week Buffet an outstanding success! On Thursday 19th June, over one hundred people assembled in Clevreagh Park ready to set off on the Campaign's inaugural Bike Buffet. Chairperson Gemma Woods explained that the Cycling Campaign members were looking for an interesting idea to mark Bike Week and became aware that their neighbours in Westport have hosted several successful Bike Buffets. Gemma floated the idea to Emer Concannon of Sligo County Council and received enthusiastic support.

The idea of the buffet is that participants cycle from venue to venue and have one course of their meal in each venue, what a fab idea! Read more about the work of Sligo's Cycling Campaign here.

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