Cyclist.ie - 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 Cyclist.ie 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 Cyclist.ie or with your local campaign group. Only by lobbying can we effect change in traffic management. Contact details are on the cyclist.ie web-site (Map).