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    Registered Users Posts: 23 ✭✭✭ DrMike - The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network - met yesterday with Minister Paschal Donohoe in his office along with his special adviser and a Smarter Travel official. We had 1.25 hr with him.

    The agenda and report are on both and Dublin Cycling Campaign web-sites.

    It was a good meeting and we came away with the feeling that the minister understands his smarter/sustainable travel brief.

    The key areas for discussion were 30 km/h speed limits; the RSA's 'dangerisation' of cycling; bike theft; the economic and health multipliers arising from investment in cycling promotion; urgent requirement for the appointment of a National Cycling Officer and a team based at Transport and the upcoming Road Traffic Bill, 2015 (fixed-fines for cycling offences).

    The minister reported that his department's review of the NCPF (2009) is now with road authorities for consultation and by end Q4 should be ready for public submissions.

    We urge all cyclists to engage with or with your local campaign group. Only by lobbying can we effect change in traffic management. Contact details are on the web-site (Map).


  • When you say to engage with - how can people do so? Could be daunting for first timers....

  • By joining a local cycling promotion group (most towns/cities with a 3rd-level institute) or of there isn't one close by then directly with (details on web-site).

  • Great to see a national representative group such as engaging with agenda-setters and decision-makers at the highest level.

    Re the RSA's "'dangerisation' of cycling", they're not the only ones pathologising a health-promoting physical activity and scare-mongering about something that is inherently safe compared to the real sources of danger on our roads.

    An Garda Siochana are also promoting the same strategy, emphasising blame-the-victim personal responsibility approaches and targeting individuals rather than addressing the need to ensure a safer traffic and transport environment for everyone.

    AGS work closely with local authorities, and presumably collaborate with the RSA as well, so perhaps meetings with the Ministers for Justice and Environment are also required?

    Now that I think of it, have you met with the RSA? For some reason that I can't fathom, Cycling Ireland are on the RSA's favourites list. Perhaps this reflects the dominance of leisure cycling in Ireland, and suggests the authorities don't really know what commuter/utility cycling is about. And maybe that's because few if any of them walk or cycle to work?