10 rapid-fire talks to distill ideas from Velo-city cycling conference

Ten rapid-fire talks are to be given this Monday evening by some of the more than 25 Irish delegates who attended this year’s Velo-city cycling conference. The international conference was held in Arnhem and Nijmegen in the Netherlands this year, and is to come to Dublin in 2019.

The Dublin Cycling Campaign are to host the event this Monday, August 14, at 8pm sharp at the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street in Dublin. Speakers from state bodies, councils, companies and cycling advocate groups will give their views of lessons from the conference.

The list of speakers includes:

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– Alec Dundon, Traffic Department, Dublin City Council
– Brian McGovern from the dockless bike-sharing company Urbo
– Caroline Butler, Clifton Scannell Emerson Associates Consulting Engineers
– Christine Hegarty, Road Safety Authority
– Cian Spillane, Sport Ireland Trails
– Cllr. David Healy, Green Party Councillor in Fingal County Council
– Conor Cahill from the award-winning Liberty Bell project
– Dr. Damien Ó Tuama, National Cycling Coordinator, Cyclist.ie and Vice-President of ECF
– Derek O’Neill, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
– Gerry Dornan, Maynooth Cycling Campaign and Cyclist.ie
– Mark Bennett, BikeLook
– Michael McKenna, Skerries Cycling Initiative and Cyclist.ie
– Philip Lee, Aecom

The cycling campaign said on its website: “Dublin Cycling Campaign and Cyclist.ie have been sending delegates to Velo-city for over 20 years now and, as has become our tradition, we organise a special monthly meeting following Velo to help disseminate the most exciting and intriguing ideas encountered. We want to take the best ideas discovered by Irish delegates and spread them far and wide around Ireland.”

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  1. I’ll be there and listening to the talks. And while it’s good to hear ideas; when will the people with the power to change things actually make a difference and change things! We need to invest in safe segregated cycle infrastructure now. We need to start planning for the future. Private cars as a means of mass transit in urban areas is a disastrously failed experiment. Would the people in positions to make a difference get the proverbial finger out and actually make the changes needed to reclaim our cities and our living spaces from metal-boxes.


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