Dublin looks towards Dutch cycling, with events across three days next week

Dublin is to host a number of Dutch cycling-related events next week as part of the EU-funded Handshake programme.

Gemeente Amsterdam — Dublin City Council’s Dutch equivalent — is Dublin’s mentor as part of the Handshake project which involves 13 EU cities

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On Wednesday, Dublin City Council is to host the Cycling Symposium part of the Handshake project at Wood Quay. The event is open to the public but registration is required at dublincity.ie.

The morning will start with addresses from Lord Mayor, Cllr Alison Gilliland, and chief executive, Owen Keegan. Followed by a panel who will talk about ‘Cycling in Dublin: Where are we now, and where next?’, with speaking including Raoul Teekamp, the city of Amsterdam and Brendan O’Brien, of Dublin City Council.

On Wednesday, in the afternoon, a session will cover the media and cycling. Dutch journalist Thalia Verkade is to ask the audience to consider which perspective we choose when we cover issues, Deborah Madden of Cycling Ireland is to ask about the need for a media charter, and Chris Bruntlett from the Dutch Cycling Embassy is to talk about framing change in a positive way.

On Thursday, a screening of the Dutch documentary Together we Cycle will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Conor Cahill from the Dublin Cycling Campaign. The panellists are Dutch journalist Thalia Verkade, Chris Bruntlett from the Dutch Cycling Embassy, Cllr Janet Horner, chairperson of the city’s walking and cycling sub-committee, and Catherine Cleary, freelance journalist. Tickets for €5 can be found at thesugarclub.com.

On Friday the Dutch Embassy in Dublin is to host a Business of Cycling event at the Dublin Chamber offices at 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2. Registration also via dublincity.ie.


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