A personal note on cycling in Dublin City by Mark Bennett, Dublin City Council Green Business Officer
As a child, I realised that cycling gave me more independence than any other mode of transport. Before I could drive, it meant no waiting on a lift from parents, or on the side of the road for a bus. And once I could drive, cycling trumped that too, no maintenance costs (save for repairing punctures), no parking issues and no, or perhaps just less, peer pressure about makes and models. My Raleigh Grifter was my trusty, and latterly rusty, partner through school years and it was only retired when the likes of Sean Kelly introduced the allure of racing bicycles!
The impact of 7 billion people living on planet Earth is having a profound effect on its environment and climate. The Climate Justice movement indicates that 20% of the Earth's surface is now degraded, with serious consequences for the world’s poorest in trying to sustain a living. Such a huge and increasing global population, with its need for economic activity, sustenance and quality of life, is making unsustainable demands on the Earth’s natural resources. Reserves of timber, fish, oil, and clean water are being depleted.
On Your Bike - the upcoming deliberation on Cycling in Dublin, by Ciarán Cuffe, Lecturer in Planning at the DIT
17th April, 2012
Had a good meeting with Mayor Andrew Montague and the Dublin Fifth Province team this afternoon. We were brainstorming on the issue of cycling, and how to build on the success of the Dublin Bikes, the Cycle to Work Scheme and other initiatives that have led to a rise in cycling in recent years.
Here's my own suggestions:
South Dublin County Mayor Caitriona Jones joined Dublin City Lord Mayor Andrew Montague at the Mansion House on May 3rd to co-launch Dublin 5th Province (D5P). Both Mayors spoke strongly in support of the initiative as it is unique in trying to bring experts and citizens together on an ongoing basis to deliberate on a sustainable future for Dublin City and Counties. Lord Mayor Montague hailed the importance of D5P as local government in Dublin is promising to deliver on the best ideas of participants.
When it comes to children, health and the city are not often associated with one another. If anything, cities are thought of as unhealthy places where children in particular suffer the ill-effects of pollution, crime and traffic.