Professor Risteard Mulcahy was a member of Dublin Cycling Campaign from its very earliest days. He gave up his car at age 90 but still cycled for several more years after that. In this video, he talked to us about how cycling in Dublin changed and why he so strongly supported the Campaign. Risteard died in the summer of 2016. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Who are Dublin Cycling Campaign?
We are an independent, voluntary group lobbying local and national government to bring about improved conditions for cyclists and greater recognition of the benefits of cycling. We were instrumental in getting the 30km/h speed limit put in place in Dublin and have been very supportive of the introduction of the Dublin Bikes. We have been working both behind the scenes and in the media spotlight since 1993. We are represented on the Transportation “Strategic Policy” (or policy forming) committees in Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Councils and were nominated as one of the consultative bodies during the preparation of the government’s National Cycle Policy Framework.
We are members of Cyclist.ie, the umbrella organisation for cycling advocacy in Ireland. Together with our colleagues in Cyclist.ie we lobby on national issues related to cycling, such as legislative changes and enforcement of road safety legislation. Through Cyclist.ie we are members of the European Cyclists’ Federation, the European body that promotes cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transportation and recreation. We send at least one representative to the annual Velo City conference, the largest international cycling planning event, to disseminate good ideas and to keep up to date on developments in cycling worldwide. We also collaborated on the VOCA learning project with cycling advocacy organisation from 10 European cities to study and document best practice for cycling infrastructure and promotion.
We have a strong research focus and together with our colleagues in Cyclist.ie we have made submissions on The Rules of the Road, and have published fact sheets on topics such as Speed Limits, Bicycle Helmets and the Benefits of Cycling.
Alongside our (sometimes intense!) lobbying work, we have an active social calendar: for example, we lead the Bicycle Space in the Global Green area of the Electric Picnic, coordinate the cyclists’ presence in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and organise the Bicycle Christmas Party. We also run regular social cycles where the emphasis is on ice cream and chats, rather than on lyrca and long days in the saddle. We are growing all of the time and are always delighted to welcome new faces and members at our events and through online communications. We also organised a conference on Growing Cycling Participation and Closing the Gender Gap in 2012.
At our monthly public meetings we have guest speakers who are experts on transport planning,urban design and cycling. These meetings are a good opportunity to find out what is happening with the campaign and with cycling in Dublin and to socialise with other cyclists.
To get a better sense of how we are organised and to understand how your volunteering energies can help transporm Dublin into a bicycle paradise, see here.
Help us do more for cycling in Dublin, please consider getting involved.