As you might notice, IrishCycle.com has a new look after a redesign over the weekend. There’s a few small design issues to sort out, but it’s mostly finished and so I’d welcome any feedback on the new look.
Those of you signed up for email updates and those of you who were on social media, you might also have noted an influx of emails/notifications on Saturday or this morning if you’re checking your inboxes.
Just to be clear: IrishCycle.com was not hacked. It was an error when testing a new design. I am very sorry about the influx of emails/notifications you got and any worry that there was a hack or data breach. It was my error — I was testing a new website design and that went wrong.
Basically: Automated ‘filler’ articles as part of a demo for the design were published when the demo was tested and that automatically sent out email updates and other notifications. I should have disconnected the updates before testing. I’ll try to make sure it does not happen again.
The new redesign is mostly sorted now — a few things to fix. But please let me know what you think of it and if anything does not work with it.
Please stay tuned as I’ll have more news about the future of the website within the next 2-3 weeks.
Subscription drive update: IrishCycle.com 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).
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.
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