— Level of funding “token increase” “kick in the teeth for people who cycle”, says cycling advocates.
Cycling is to get less than 2% of the Department of Transport’s €384m budget increase in Budget 2020 — and this is further watered down by including tourism-focused greenways under the header of “sustainable mobility projects”.
Cycling groups had looked for 10% of the transport budget to be spent on cycling, while CyclingForAll.ie — which is linked to this website — looks for 20% for walking and cycling combined.
As well as walking and cycling measures, the sustainable mobility projects header often also include public transport access measures.
According to reports €8m is to be set aside for grants for electric cars, while €3m infrastructure for electric cars — meaning electric cars will get more funding than cycling.
Cyclist.ie — an umbrella group for most cycling campaigner groups in Ireland — tweeted: “Land Transport Budget €1,466,523. The 10% sought for cycling amounts to €146 MILLION. The Min has announced €9M – where is the rest? Where is the fundamental change in expenditure? Where is decarbonising transport in Ireland. Still the laggards in Europe.”
Ciarán Ferrie, co-founder of I Bike Dublin, said on his personal account: “The €9m allocated in #Budget2020 for cycling infrastructure includes “Greenways & Urban Cycling”. The government again muddying the waters by mixing up tourism infrastructure with transport infrastructure. This is a kick in the teeth for people who cycle.”
Dublin-based councillor Patrick Costello (Green) tweeted: “Cycling per budget: 2015-€19m, 2016-Almost halved to €10.5m, 2018-Fell further to €7m… 2020-A token increase to €9m on greenway & urban cycling. We spent more in the past & need even more again to make a real difference in cycling, walking & to promote modal shift! ”
Minister @Paschald “I am providing €9m for sustainable mobility projects around the country including for greenways and new urban cycling projects. I am allocating an additional €3m for electric vehicle infrastructure.” #Budget2020
— MerrionStreet.ie (@merrionstreet) October 8, 2019