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Tool asks you questions to assess attractiveness of cycle routes

— Public asked to test tool and give feedback to improve it.

A new online tool, which asks users questions to assess the attractiveness of cycle routes, aims to improve the quality of cycling infrastructure in Ireland.

Cyclist.ie, the umbrella group of most cycling campaigns in Ireland, is asking members of the public to test their Cycle Route Assessment Checklist (CRAC) tool and to give feedback at the end of the checklist, or email feedback to crac@cyclist.ie.

Cyclist.ie said that the tool aims to address two issues: Help designers to avoid overlooking key elements which make routes safe and attractive, and try to help include ordinary people to participate in the design process.

Cyclist.ie said: “It is an easy to use survey that takes you through a series of simple questions on your phone or laptop to assess any existing or potential cycle route. These simple questions are based on international best practice and have been designed to help raise standards by highlighting the key elements of a good quality route.”

They added: “Whenever you answer ‘no’ to these simple questions you are helping to draw attention to the weakest links within the route. That way we, as people who want to make the best use of our public spaces, can work together to make them better.”

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Cian Ginty
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