Dublin Cycling Campaign
October 31, 2018
Outline the vision and mission of the Organisation
Dublin Cycling Campaign is a voluntary advocacy organisation that has been promoting cycling and the benefits of cycling for the past 25 years. Dublin Cycling Campaign is a member of Cyclist.ie, the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, through which we are an active member of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF).
Vision Our vision of Dublin is of a vibrant Living City where people can safely enjoy cycling and walking.
Mission Our mission is to affect and support change for Dublin as a better city by: • Promoting cycling as an activity with significant health, social, environmental, cultural and economic benefits • Being a Champion (The Voice) for cycling and cyclists in Dublin
How has the Organisation developed and tackled issues?
Over the last 25 years a core group of people have been working within the Dublin Cycling Campaign to lobby for safer conditions. Numbers of committee members has normally been low from 5-10 people and we would always be stretched in achieving projects with so few volunteers. More recently the organisation has developed a new strategic plan and we have seen new members join and bringing their skills to bear has made a real difference to what we have achieved in recent times. One of the highlights is that Dublin will be hosting the Velocity conference in June 2019. Its the largest cycling conference on urban mobility in the world and Dublin Cycling Campaign was involved in the bidding and tender process to host the conference in association with Dublin City Council. Many of our latest achievements have been listed in our annual report for 2017-2018 https://www.dublincycling.com/sites/dublincycling.com/files/dcc_agm_report_2018.01.pdf
What has the overall impact of the work been?
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. There are four working groups that focus on the strategic aims of the campaign. 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.
What makes this Organisation unique?
Active mobility or active commuting is a unique way of solving the many issues Dublin city faces such as congestion, pollution and obesity.
DCC has continued to campaign for a range of measures including:
• 10% of the total land transportation budget to be allocated for cycling • improved infrastructure for cycling • lower safer urban speed limits and 30km/hr zones • more secure bike parking, • better enforcement of traffic regulations, • cycling training for school children • driver education on how to interact with cyclists and • passing of the Minimum passing distance law (MPDL)
How can the public support this work?
By donating or signing up as a member.
How is the Organisation transparent and accountable?
Dublin Cycling Campaign and Cyclist.ie are set up as a Limited Company, and are registered with the Charity Regulator (Registered Charity Number is 20102029). The company has a board of six directors. The directors are: Paul Corcoran, Colm Ryder, Muireann O’Dea, Mairead Forsythe, Eugene Doran and Paschal Comerford. The day-to-day activities of the campaign are managed by a committee of approximately 15 people. The board and committee are elected at the annual general meeting. The committee includes a volunteer coordinator who is responsible for the initial contact with volunteers