Some newspapers have deals offering €1 per month for 3 or even 12 months, IrishCycle.com is reader-funded journalism without a paywall — so, it seems pointless offering discounts. Why?…
You don’t need a discount to try IrishCycle.com, it’s open to everyone. That’s the point: Subscribers — value not just paying to read IrishCycle.com, but also supporting it as open journalism available to everyone.
I think and hope subscribers agree that it’s better to have thousands of people being able to read IrishCycle a month, than just a few hundred subscribers having access to news and comment articles.
If you agree, please subscribe today if you can. Even just €5 per month can help put this website on the road to a sustainable future.
A lower subscription amount isn’t offered as too high of percentage of such an amount would be going on payment processing fees. One-off payments are also possible, if that’s what suits you, but this website really needs monthly subscribers to make it workable in the long run.
IrishCycle is now just 6 subscribers away from 300 — but, here’s the thing, as you might expect in the cost of living crisis, a number of subscribers have also left. So, if you can please subscribe today.
If you are already a subscriber, thank you! And if you cannot afford to subscribe, please don’t worry about it at all.
Thanks for reading,
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