Cycle to work, Greenway funding, Research and Revolution
Well these last few weeks have been busy on the walking and cycling front and next week – Thursday 6th August will see a slightly different Cycle To Work Day - with commutes for many people feeling like a distant memory, rather than swopping your commute, just ride! Anywhere, for any reason with anyone – it is still Cycle to Work Day, but with a twist!
So to join in try something different – maybe spend the time you would have spent on your commute out on your bike, nip to the shops or squeeze in a quick lunch-time ride. Whatever your journey on Thursday 6th August – get on your bike! #CycleToWorkDay
Funding has been allocated to develop route options for 3 projects in the county, a 32km greenway from Buncrana to Carndonagh, an 8km section from Muff to Quigley’s point and the extension of the Foyle Valley greenway from Carrigans to Castlefinn.
The Dublin Metropolitan Area has joined 16 UK cities and urban areas in the Bike Life programme.
There has been a boom in cycling in the Dublin Metropolitan Area in recent years. The Bike Life report shows why Dubliners do or don’t cycle, their attitudes to cycling, and the quality of the cycling environment. It encourages further efforts to deliver the top class cycling city that Dubliners so clearly desire.
Cycling Ireland have released their 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and vision of Ireland, an island enriched by cycling.
The plan sets out ambition from grass roots to elite and encompasses cycling in all its forms.
In 2018 Sustrans presented a new vision for the National Cycle Network in its Paths for Everyone review, stating it wants to see a UK wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside, loved by the communities they serve.
Sustrans are working with partners, volunteers, supporters and local communities to make this vision a reality and a number of changes have been made to the National Cycle Network to make it more accessible and to provide a consistent user experience, and this includes reclassifying 80% of the network in Northern Ireland.
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has launched a new public information campaign encouraging people to walk for shorter journeys. Entitled “Great Things Happen”, the campaign encourages more people to walk as a travel option and leave the car behind.
The ‘Great Things Happen’ television advert will run from 20 July to the end of August 2020.
Cyclist.ie Rural Cycling Collective is part of the wider Cyclist.ie advocacy network with a focus on making rural communities cycle friendly for all ages and abilities.
Last week Cyclist.ie published its Vision for Cycling in Rural Ireland. The document is the start of the conversation and they are seeking more people to get involved.
To get involved please complete the short survey by the end of August
Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched a £2 billion package on Monday (27 July) aimed at incentivising walking and cycling as the UK lockdown eases.
The package will fund a string of initiatives, including improvements to cycling lanes and walking routes, bike rack roll-outs, cycling proficiency training and a national e-bike scheme.