Reflections on the Velo-city Conference in Nijmegen - and Looking Ahead to Velo in Dublin in 2019

In spite of monsoon weather conditions on Monday night, there was a mighty turn-out for Dublin Cycling Campaign’s special meeting looking back on the ‘Velo-city’ International Cycle Planning Conference held in The Netherlands in June. Of the 25 Irish delegates who traveled to Nijmegen, 12 presented and shared their experiences in Dublin’s Central Hotel on the 14th August.

The presentations of those who used slides at our event can be found here - and note that the original notice for the event (with full list of speakers and organisations) can be found here.

The overarching conclusion was that there was lots to learn at Velo-city Nigmegen and a very high bar was set for Velo-city Dublin taking place in 2019. By the time the conference comes around in June 2019, we really need to have a top notch Liffey Cycle Route and Fairview Cycle Route in place, together with a cycle friendly (demotorised) College Green and lots more bicycle parking about as an absolute minimum. At a national level, we want the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to be showing serious leadership and to be dividing the transport funding pie in a way that reflects the real benefits of cycling - 10% of transport funding to go on cycling!

If anyone is particularly interested in connecting in with Dublin Cycling Campaign / Cyclist.ie’s work feeding in to Velo-Dublin 2019, do have a chat with us at any of our upcoming meetings - the next one taking place on Monday 11th September, details here. All welcome.

Note: The top photo came from here while the bottom photo was provided by Miren Samper. Thanks to both photographers!

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