— Dublin told to “get its act together” on the provision of cycling.
Velo-city — the international cycling conference being hosted in Dublin — was officially opened this morning by transport minister Shane Ross and Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, standing in for the Lord Mayor.
Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick said that the Dublin was a “compact city” which was ideal for cycling and welcomed attendies to Dublin.
Minister Ross said that just like after Dublin hosted the conference hosted in 2005 he hopes the conference pushes cycling forward. He said that hosting the previous conference opened people’s eyes to the potential of cycling and “informed our thinking on developing new policies”.
He told delegates the numbers of people cycling had increased but that there was “plenty room for movement”. Minister Ross said: “First and foremost we have not built enough of the segregated cycling infrastructure.”
He added that he is soon to launch a new public consultation on public and active transport.
Christophe Najdovski, president of European Cyclists Federation who is also the Deputy Mayor of Paris. “We have to make cycling for everybody” including woman, older people and children. He said that the car industry cannot be allowed to paint its version of the future of mobility and people who wanted to promote cycling had to take on “powerful lobbies”.
He joked that most of the delegates took flights to get to Dublin but said that cycling was one of the best tools cities had for climate action.
He announced that the City of Ljubljana will be hosting the next Velo-city conference in 2020.
Philippe Crist, an advisory on innovation and foresight for the International Transport Forum, said that artist impression graphics in Google image searches of the city of the future shows space dominated by cars gendered male and showed few older people, but that this was a similar vision of the future of the past — showing a slide of flying cars.
He said that he had to scroll down the page a long way to find a different vision — Dutch cycling. He said cities are active, frictious and social, adding: “We must move — that we are built to do so should surprise nobody”.
“We welcomed the car into the city” said Crist and they nearly had a monopoly and warned that we could be about to give self-driving cars a new monopoly. He said that if self-driving cars cannot fully detect cyclists and pedestrians, they are not yet ready to be licensed on streets.
Amanda Ngabirano, a lecturer at the Makerere University said the city of the future should not be wild for people and should allow older people the same freedom that younger people have.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, tweeted from the floor of the conference conference hall: “Velo-city 2019 is in Dublin this week. It’s the biggest & best international conference on how we can make cycling cities. Lord knows we need that knowledge. I’d the usual horrors cycling on Beaver Road, Anglesea Road & Macken Street to get here.”
— Bernhard Ensink (@BernhardEnsink1) June 25, 2019
— Ciarán Ferrie (@ccferrie) June 25, 2019
— Green-Schools (@GreenSchoolsIre) June 25, 2019
Breaking news from the opening ceremony of #vc19 One of my favourite cities has won the rights to @VelocitySeries in 2020 – congratulations Ljubljana, first ever Eastern European host pic.twitter.com/mTqBU2q3Rk
— Kevin Mayne (@MayneKevin) June 25, 2019