Dublin cycling campaigners ask: What can we learn from the Netherlands?

Tomorrow (Monday) a group of Dublin Cycling Campaign advocates, who visited the Netherlands as part IrishCycle.com’s Dutch cycling study tour in September, are to ask: What can we learn from the Netherlands?

The event is the public part of the campaign’s monthly meeting which is to take place tomorrow Monday November 12 at 7pm at the Central Hotel Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

“The Netherlands is recognised a world leader in terms of cycling numbers and facilities. In September a group from Dublin went on a study visit to Utrecht to see what lessons can be learnt for Ireland,” said the campaign.

“The group included planners, engineers, road safety officers, councillors, and cycling advocates. As well as Utrecht, the group visited and cycled around Amsterdam, Nijmegen, and Eindhoven, travelling by train, with bicycles, between cities.”

The members of the group are set to give an overview of what they saw and what could be applied to Irish towns and cities.

The meeting will run from 7pm to 8.30pm with tea and coffee available from 6.30pm. The campaign added: “Afterwards you are welcome to join us in the lovely Library Bar of the Central Hotel to continue the discussions.”

The Dutch cycling study tour included going from Utrecht to Nijmegen and Eindhoven with 21 bicycles carried off-peak in different parts of single trains:

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

4 Comments

  1. just seen the train with bicycles…every tried to get on an Inter City train in Irl? Years ago, (when I started cycle weekends with ASn Oige, 2o or so bikes could be put into the guard’s van. Now, more people are cycling, but only 2 or (3 at most) can be put on an InterCity traiin (except to Belfast and Cork, they have guard’s vans. I know more people have cars now, but I really tbink there could/should be more accommodation of bikes on trains.

  2. At least half the time I do manage to book a slot for a bike on a train here I have to have an argument with someone who has decided the bike racks are the ideal place to store their comically oversized suitcase.

  3. I said to the staff why are there no signs saying “bikes only” – she said it wouldn’t make any difference. I feel sorry for the staff (who are nearly always fine) having to implement such a rule. The Dublin cycling campaign have a group who liase with Irish Rail on a regular basis to try and sort this sort of stuff out. It’s quite an issue on the Waterford trains (Greenway) and the Westport trains (another Greenway). I know of people who have had to cancel trips because of the situation. If more greenways are proposed they situation will only get worse.

  4. @Eric — when that happens I usually ask who owns the bag and if nobody is quick about it I then announce it’s for bicycles only and that I am moving the bags. Although usually the bags are not that big.

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