CYCLING FUNDING IS PATHETIC Huge protest planned for next Monday to demand more transport funding for cycling

Published by Laurie Manetta on

September 28th, 2016

Less than one per cent of all transport funding goes towards cycling. Next Monday hundreds of cyclists will take to the streets of Dublin to demand more money goes towards making cycling easier and safer.

The protest will take place on Monday 3rd October, meeting at 5.30 pm at the Dublin Bikes stand on Merrion Square West (outside the Natural History Museum).

This event is organised by Dublin Cycling Campaign in collaboration with – the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, the Irish member of the European Cyclists’ Federation. An Taisce and Love 30 are also supporting the protest.

These organisation say cycling is not recognised as it should be. Cycling represents only half a per cent of transport funding. Campaigners want it to receive 10 per cent. Further cutbacks would be planned by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in future funding for cycling projects, while nine cyclists died in Ireland this year and car dominance increases.

Everyone who uses a bike in Dublin is invited to join the protest to send a loud message to the government that cycling needs proper funds to develop a safer policy for all Irish cyclists.

Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany and France are already making significant changes in their policies. In Copenhagen, 33% of daily trips are made by bike, while cycling trips in Dublin represented only 5.4% in 2015.

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Laurie Manetta

Laurie is a contributor to the Green News. She is currently undertaking a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy at Sciences PO Grenoble in France.