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Nantes – Velo-City 2015, 2 – 5 June

After Seville in 2011 and Vienna in 2013, Nantes Métropole has been chosen by ECF to host the 2015 Velo-City conference at La Cité, Nantes Events Center. Nantes was selected for its investment in terms of cycling policy. Nantes will seek to meet four key objectives:

  • Create a replicable model dedicated to regional cities
  • Build on the strengths and weaknesses of the Nantes experience and other French cities
  • Reach out to the world
  • Create a future inspired by cycling

More information: Velo-City 2015 website and Conference Information

Irish Bike Importers / Industry Supporting Cyclist.ie

EuroCycles logoCyclist.ie – the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, wishes to acknowledge the generous support of cycling business / importer Eurocycles

Cyclist.ie’s work is succeeding in changing transport policy and practice so that the bicycle sits centre-stage in the thinking of transport planners and traffic managers. See Report to ECF for more information on our work. But we have much more to do!  We look forward to collaborating with more players in the Irish cycle industry over the coming months and years.

Vehicular riding or Segregation?

A view from the US

  1. Promote Vehicular Cycling. Really?
  2. Who Wants Vehicular Cycling?
  3. Vehicular Cycling: If It Worked, It Wouldn’t Work

The road less travelled: one family ditches the car

imageAfter our 1996 Toyota went kaput, we decided to go without. Commuting, ferrying kids, shopping and holidaying abroad? It’s all possible with a little ingenuity. Read article

ECF Delegate Conference and Local Authority Seminar – Presentations

The following are the presentations from the recent ECF Delegate Conference and Local Authority Seminar hosted by the Dublin Cycling Campaign

Other presentations

Dublin Cycling Stories

Dublin Cycling Stories is a series of short portraits of people who use bikes to get around Dublin … click image to view …

Dublin Cycling Stories 1








Local Authority election 2014 on-line survey

This is an analysis of the small number of responses to the Local Authority election 2014 on-line survey. There were only 50 usable responses (some did it twice!) out of 1,922 candidates. We were unable to reach lots due to not having contact email address and poor party HQ cooperation in getting the invitation out to candidates. Independent/non-party candidates are particularly difficult to reach. This means we can’t draw too much from such a limited response. We are disappointed that party HQs quite clearly failed to forward the email invitation to their candidates.

Party affiliation

  • 19 Green
  • 8 Independent/non-party
  • 8 Labour
  • 9 People Before Profit
  • 2 Sinn Fein
  • 3 Fine Gael
  • 1 Fianna Fail


Cycling growth could save NHS £250m, says report

Motorists swapping the car for just five minutes of riding each day would cut heart disease, diabetes and strokes, says Cambridge research

A Dutch view of cycling in the USA

On the (UK) Guardian Bike Blog

Limerick Smarter Travel Infrastructure – update

After years of consultations, documents, PR etc. it is good to see some bollards on the ground at last

The flagship project is the river / canal path between the city and the university – 3/4km; but the road route is also in for improvement; the key impediment for cyclists on this route are two of the largest roundabouts in Limerick.

Below are some pictures of the work-in-progress on one of these roundabouts; a few things worth mentioning: 1) a key idea is to improve the (currently narrow) bi-directional pedestrian / cycle path on the city – university route 2) two 3-lane approaches to the roundabout are being reduced to 2-lane 3) the roundabout diameter is being increased

To be somewhat cynical about it, you could say this work is really a partial roll-back of the excessively car-centric infrastructure built in an earlier time

This is a report I did for LCC on this roundabout – which deals with these issues and more: Groody Roundabout Cycle Audit

Related posts: Council slammed over Smarter Travel and Limerick.ie on Smarter Travel - Smarter Travel’s own website not yet available

Lane reduction 1 Lane reduction 2 Widening pedestrian & cycle lane 1 Widening pedestrian & cycle lane 2 Widening pedestrian & cycle lane 3