Irish Cycling Diary 17th Nov 2017 #Irishcycling


    by Tommy Campbell

    SAVE THE DATE: Cycling Ireland Awards Night 2017

    SAVE THE DATE: Cycling Ireland Awards Night 2017

    The Cycling Ireland Awards Night is an annual celebration of Irish cycling. This year it takes place on Saturday the 25th November 2017 in the Crowne Plaza, Santry Dublin at 7.30pm.

    One of the main attraction of the Awards Night is the Members Awards – which are a series of categories nominated by Cycling Ireland Commissions and voted to by the members. Voting closes on Sunday 12th November.

    The Awards Night is a visual celebration of cycling, with top racing performances recognised, as well as some of the top cycling moments, including a celebration of the National Champions and outstanding achievement awards.


    Nominated by Cycling Ireland Provinces and Commissions, and voted by Cycling Ireland Members – have a look at the below categories to discover more about each nominee!

    National Volunteer of the Year

    Female (Domestic) Rider of the Year
    Male (Domestic) Rider of the Year
    Club of the Year
    Leisure Event of the Year
    Competitive Event of the Year
    Club Coach of the Year


    Bike Shop of the Year
    Connacht Volunteer of the Year
    Leinster Volunteer of the Year
    Munster Volunteer of the Year
    Ulster Volunteer of the Year


    Perfect for any cyclist or bike aficionado, The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes is a look at the glorious machines of bicycling past. From high wheelers and tandems to sci-fi–worthy marvels — the BSA paratrooper used in WWII, Fausto Coppi’s signature Bianchi, and Miguel Indurain’s carbon-fiber Pinarello Chrono Indu — discover how modern bikes came to be, the fascinating stories surrounding them, and what’s in store for cyclists of the future!



    The time of the year has come to plan… a Christmas Party! And this year, we are planning a big one!

    And if you would like to get more actively involved in the Campaign, our next Public Meeting will be a great opportunity! We will be holding a workshopping session where members can find out more about the Campaign strategy, see what the different groups are working on, and hopefully get involved in at least one working group.

    Christmas Party 2017
    Saturday 16th December – Not to be missed!

    Just confirmed! Dublin Cycling Campaign’s Bicycle Christmas Party 2017 will take place on Saturday 16th December in the lovely Dublin Food Coop in Newmarket Square (just off Cork Street and Clanbrassil Street – map). It will combine fine food, a céilí and the ‘Goldsprints DJs’ and will kick-off nice and early (7pm). All details on our website!

    What’s Happening on the North Strand Cycle Route?

    Many of you will have been confused and dismayed over the very negative press reports on the design issues related to the important Clontarf to Amiens Street cycle route. You will have heard about the trees in Fairview, maybe even the loss of a stretch of car lane, and even the online petition by Councillor Damian Farrell seeking to have the final decision on the route rescinded!
    There is a lot to be digested, and the project still needs to get off the ground. Check out Dublin Cycling Campaign’s position on the route design on our website.

    We need you to support this stance, to enable the project to move forward, and to ensure that Dublin gets the safe cycle routes it badly needs.

    Light Up Your Bike!

    This month, to coincide with the clocks going back, we handed out more than 1,500 sets of bike lights to encourage cyclists to ‘Light Up’ for the Winter evenings.
    With the days being shorter and the nights are drawing in early, it is essential to light up your bike. Dublin Cycling Campaign is once again promoting an awareness campaign to share some advice and helpful lighting-up tips.

    Citizens Assembly Supports Cycling as a Climate Action Solution

    In its recommendations on How the State Can Make Ireland a Leader in Tackling Climate Change the Citizens Assembly strongly endorsed a much higher government priority for active travel and public transport. With a majority of 93% of the citizens supporting a recommendation saying – The number of bus lanes, cycling lanes and park and ride facilities should be greatly increased in the next five years, and much greater priority should be given to these modes over private car use.

    River Shannon Athlone cycling and pedestrian bridge approved

    We are thrilled that An Bord Pleanála has approved the proposed development of a pedestrian and cycle bridge crossing the River Shannon in Athlone. The decision was made on 31st October 2017.

    This is a critical element of the jig-saw in building the Dublin to Galway Greenway which is part of the longer Moscow to Clifden EuroVelo Route #2 Capitals Route, made detailed submissions to An Bord Pleanála supporting the proposal and we are delighted it has now progressed through planning. One of our submissions is below. For all of our members who helped out with the site visits and fed in to our submissions, we say *A BIG THANK YOU*!

    Love 30 Update

    October saw a submission by the Love 30 Campaign to Fingal County Council on their speed limit review.

    Mayo County Council has advertised proposals for 30 km/h speed limits on a small number of residential roads. This will increase the number of residential roads in Co. Mayo with 30 km/h speed limits, but 50 km/h speed limits will continue to apply to most residential roads and to town and village centres in the County. The deadline for submissions is 2nd December.

    Following proposals for 30 km/h speed limits in housing estates, Sligo County Council has advertised proposals for a review of other speed limits across the county. The latest date for receipt of objections or submissions regarding this matter is 4 pm on Monday, 13th November, 2017.

    If you are familiar with parts of Mayo or Sligo have a look at the proposals and let us know what you think (email [email protected]) or make your own submission to Mayo County Council.

    Win a bike this Xmas!

    Sign up as a member of the Dublin Cycling Campaign between now and the Christmas party on December 16th and be in with a chance to win this foldable bike worth over €600generously donated by Dublin Loves Bikesbased Dún Laoghaire.

    If you are already a member, you can buy raffle tickets on the night for a chance to win.

    Cycle lane to be shared with pedestrians in Phoenix Park

    Recently on my morning commute I noticed “Cycle lane closed” signs in the Phoenix Park. Engineers had been installing lights to light up the bicycle path along Chesterfield Avenue over the last week. The lights have been installed for the dark evenings to enable families alighting from their cars parked along Chesterfield Avenue and walk along the cycle trail to theWild Lights festival in the Zoo. It’s going to be a very interesting one and looking forward to visiting. Unfortunately, there was no public notice of closing the cycle lanes for this event which will be held from Friday 3 November 2017, and every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in November, and seven days a week in December (except for 24th, 25th & 26th December approximately) and for the first week in January.

    Paul McDonnell the Superintendent of the Phoenix Park got back to the Dublin Cycling Campaign after highlighting the closing of cycling lanes and issues with potential conflicts. The Office of Public Works (OPW) will now have wardens warning pedestrians about oncoming cyclists along the cycle lane and warning cyclists to be cautious while using the cycle lane from next week.

    Please take care when using the cycle lane over the next few weeks and maybe let us know what the Wild Lights festival is like.

    Fantastic but Limited Bike Lights Offer!

    A large number of Dublin Cycling Campaign members were selected as part of the ongoing Dublin City Trial in conjunction with Smart Dublin, receiving a Dublin City Trial version of the See.Sense ICON light.

    For those that missed out, we in Dublin Cycling Campaign have secured a discount exclusively for our members saving 20% on any See.Sense ICON light or set from their online store, simply enter the discount code DCC20 at checkout. This code will be only be valid until 20/11/2017, so get online quickly to avail of this fantastic offer!

    And our friends at the Dutch Bike Shop are offering free lights with every winter bike service.

    Infrastructure in South Dublin

    The South Dublin County Group is updating the list of poor cycling infrastructure in the county. If you see any poor quality cycling infrastructure, or good infrastructure, in SDCC let us know using the handle @FixMyRideDub on Twitter and post photos if you can.

    Submission to the Policing Authority on the Garda Policing Plan for 2018, on behalf of bicycle users around the country have recently made a submission to thePolicing Authority dealing with Garda inaction on a lot of road safety issues affecting the safety of people who cycle.

    Among the issues we raised were: inappropriate speed, dangerous overtaking, 1.5 m MPDL(Minimum Passing Distance Law) Bill,#freethecyclelanes, etc.

    The submission was made by Dr Mike McKillen on behalf of; it is a very comprehensive documents and you can read it all here.

    Join Us! Become a Member – or Even Better an Active Member!

    The Dublin Cycling Campaign is a completely voluntary group working on behalf of all cyclists in Dublin. The more members we have, the quicker we can transform the city and culture for the better. Join today! As a member you will receive a Cycling Rewards Card that gives you discounts at over 40 cyclist friendly businesses.

    Active Members

    We have an email list where we occasionally send out requests for help with specific jobs or events. If you would like to be added to the list please email us at [email protected] and you might let us know if you have a particular skill that might be useful. Being on the list is not an obligation to do work, but you might see something you would like to help out with.



    Picking up where we left off last year with the 2nd Killruddery CycloCross GP.
    26th Nov 2017

    Racing in the following catagories:

    Senior A
    Senior B

    Sign on details to follow.

    Racing starts at 10.30am withthe full schedule to be released soon.


    Membership Awards!

    With a week plus to go! On the face of it, Just points separate some of the categories. Awards Night which takes place on the 25th November in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry.

    Don’t forget you can come along on the night, find out who the big winners are, meet some of the cream of Irish international bike racing, and watch the highlights of what has been another fantastic year for cycling.


    SHORTLIST IN MEMBERSHIP AWARDS (in alphabetical order!)

    National Volunteer of the Year

    Aaron Wallace
    Joan Curtin and Helen Hayes
    Michael McKenna


    Connacht Volunteer of the Year

    Aidan Reade
    Brendan Quigley
    Noel Mulroy
    Padraig Marrey

    Leinster Volunteer of the Year

    Ger Campbell
    Maciej Staroniewicz
    Michael Considine
    Philip Wade

    Munster Volunteer of the Year

    Dan Curtin
    Kevin Hayes
    Larry O Connor

    Ulster Volunteer of the Year

    James Harkin
    Martin Grimley
    Orla Harkin


    Club of the Year

    Carn Wheelers
    Cuchulainn CC
    Emyvale CC


    Leisure Event of the Year

    Great Dublin Bike Ride
    Inishowen 100
    Ultimate Burren MTB Challenge


    Competitive Event of the Year

    An Post Ras na mBan
    Emerald Enduro
    Errigal Youth Tour


    Domestic Female Rider of the Year

    Eve McCrystal – Garda Cycling Club
    Lara Gillespie – Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
    Leah Maunsell – Team Ballyhoura


    Domestic Male Rider of the Year

    Ethan Downey – Clann Eirean Cycling Club
    JB Murphy – Murphy Surveys Killcullen Cycling Club and Xeno Young – Powerhouse Sport
    Killian Callaghan – Unattached Leinster


    Club Coach of the Year

    Dan Curtin – O’Leary Stone Kanturk Cycling Club
    Gary McKeegan – Team Madigan Cycling Club
    Martin O’Loughlin – Carrick Wheelers Cycling Club


    Bike Shop of the Year

    360 Cycles Clontarf
    Cork Giant Store
    The Bike Station, Dundalk