BITS OF NEWS IN BRIEF:
Make Way Day
Today is Make Way Day. It’s led by the Disability Federation of Ireland and described as advocates from across Ireland highlighting the problems caused by things — such as cars, bins, tables, etc — left on the footpath obstructing people with disabilities.
While bicycles are generally allowed to be parked on footpaths, cycle campaigners are reminding people that it is a requirement to make sure you don’t park in a way that blocks the footpath for others — for example, avoid locking your bike on narrow footpaths, make sure your bike is not likely to fall down, and never lock your bike to bus stops pole or at traffic lights or at drop kerbs.
#IBikeBob critical mass
It’s that time of the month again — I Bike Dublin and Monthly Cycles are hosting the Dublin Critical Mass cycle this evening from 6pm at Parnell Square North opposite the Hugh Lane Gallery.
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).
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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.
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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!
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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!
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