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Reader appeal: Please support independent journalism covering cycling in Ireland

Hello readers! I don’t like asking, but IrishCycle.com needs funding to help contuine and build our independent journalism covering cycling in Ireland. We mainly focus on cycling as a form of transport but also cover greenways, legal issues and collisions relating to all types of cycling in public.

Some of you may have noticed we have updated our sidebar (bottom on mobile) appeal:

PLEASE support independent journalism by helping with the costs of running IrishCycle.com. Contribution of any amount are welcome and will fund on-going costs such as hosting, domain names, promotion, travel costs, FOI/AIE appeals, and equipment (like a much needed new laptop). Thank you!

I hope to put more structure behind and build IrishCycle.com, but getting a new laptop is now a priority as my laptop was damaged beyond the point of it being worth getting it fixed a while ago. Reverting back to an older laptop is keeping the site going but it’s not great. We also update the site via phone and tablet, but these and the old laptop makes handling larger PDFs and image editing frustrating.   

This makes it harder to examine cycling project drawings (which are often in very large PDFs) and makes image editing harder than it should be. Browsing can even be a pain after more than a few tabs are open. I am hoping to look at a laptop in the €800 range to more easily and quickly handle file and image editing, but if this takes too long we will look at a lower end range.

I also expect in the near future that we will need to fund appeals to Freedom of Information or Access to Information on the Environment requests to get information which authorities don’t want to freely release.

Thank you to all readers who have supported this site already. I also want to stress that I understand that all readers are not in a position to support the site in this way — any amount helps, but if you can’t afford it, please don’t feel presure to help in this way, you can always just share links to stories or tell a friend about IrishCycle.com.

Our current target for the site is near daily updates — a blend news and comment (always marked as such), and a mix of more substantial articles and shorter ones. With cycling levels growing in Ireland and even more people supporting a built environment more suitable for cycling, I know there is a demand for IrishCycle.com to grow (using a model similar to bikeportland.org and similar sites) and help inform more and more readers — please help this vision.

Thank you!

Cian Ginty
Editor, IrishCycle.com

Please note: IrishCycle.com has a report that the “Make This Recurring” feature is not working, and is trying to address this, sorry for the inconvenience.

IrishCycle.com is reader-funded journalism. That means it's funded by readers like you.

September subscription drive update: IrishCycle.com has reached its target of 270 subscribers by the end of August -- thank you to all who have helped! Our new target is to have 300 subscribers by the end of 2022 -- originally this was hoped to be exceeded by the first year of running the site full time (end of October), but this is unlikely and so the new target is the end of the year.

If you can help push IrishCycle.com above 300 subscribers, please subscribe today for €5 or more. If you have already done so -- thank you!

Please remember, every month there's a natural drop-off in subscriptions due to people getting new cards, cards stolen, Revolut not topped up etc.

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IrishCycle.com is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.

There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for IrishCycle.com, it just needs enough people like you to believe!

Monthly subscriptions will give IrishCycle.com's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year IrishCycle.com had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.

I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.

The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of June 2022, 250 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!

But currently, it's only around 1.6% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via ko-fi.com/irishcycle/tiers

Cian Ginty
Editor, IrishCycle.com

5 comments

  1. Thanks for all the hard work. Left a small token.

    (PS. the link in the body of your post seems broken, tied to a stale session)

    Link on top right of page seems fine.

    Reply

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