The guys in DCC Beta, the council’s drive to test new ideas out, have installed new temporary cycle parking on Capel St beginning July 2nd. It’s outside number 25 which is midway up the street from the quay. There’s no commitment in terms of how long it will be there as it’s a beta project. For more information please see the Beta blog here.
As part of Bike Week, Dublin City Council and the Danish Embassy will host an exhibition of the work of renowned Danish photographer and urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen. The exhibition, titled “Monumental Motion -A Cycling Life in the Capital of Denmark“, comes to Gallery No 1, Castle Street, Dublin 2, on Thursday 21st June, having toured Europe after premiering in Ljubljana, Slovenia in September 2011. The exhibition will be launched by the Lord Mayor Andrew Montague and will be on display for one week.
The title of the exhibition highlights the fact that one of Denmark’s greatest monuments is their bicycle culture and the vast network of bicycle infrastructure that has been erected as living legacy of sustainable living. Each and every day in Copenhagen, hundreds of thousands of citizens go about their daily lives on bicycles. Each of them everchanging bricks in a vibrant, architectural structure of human-powered movement. Wind turbines are a poignant symbol of modern Danish society but the constant mass motion of their cycling citizens is organic, dynamic and, perhaps, the greatest monument Denmark has ever erected.
In this unique photo exhibition, Mikael Colville-Andersen highlights 50 photographs that define a cycling life in The City of Cyclists. For over 4 years he has documented bicycle culture in the Danish capital and, surprisingly, he is the first person to do so in such great detail in 125 years of the bicycle. The result is 50 photographs – chosen out of over 10,000 – that tell a story of how the bicycle plays an integral role in Copenhagen life.
Its that time of year again! National Bike Week 2012 will start on Saturday 16th June and run until Sunday 24th June. There will be lots of events around the city including a Bike Festival on Fade Street (Saturday 16th June), a Lunchtime Bike Ride on Bike to Work Day (Wednesday 20th June), and a Pedal in the Parks Day (Sunday 24th June). Please open the pdf here for more details on all the events taking place over the week.
Bike to Work 2012 is live and counting down to the big event on Wednesday 20th June where people working throughout the city are encouraged to take part in the leisurely lunchtime bike ride. Register here today and be in with a chance to win an iPad 3. There is a goodie bag for the first 500 people who register! Huge thanks to our brand ambassadors Claire Solan and Aidan Power for helping out this week, our media partners 98FM, Morgan Model Agency, Alan Holmes for capturing the action on video and Dublinbikes for officially launching the 2012 event. Check out the launch video and pictures below:
Think you are Dublin’s best dressed cyclist? Why not prove it? Simply register to take part in the Bike to Work 2012 Lunchtime Bike Ride event here and not only get a goody bag full of amazing bits & pieces (first 500 to register & attend event get bag) but be in with a chance to win a One4All Gift Card for being Dublin’s Best Dressed Cyclist. One4All Gift Cards being awarded on the day include: Best dressed female, Best dressed male & Best Dressed Bike. The Odeon Cinema in the Point Village are offering cinema tickets to the largest team/group who register and take part on the day. Register today & prove how stylish you are!
On Wednesday 20th June, Dublin City Council will host a Lunchtime Bike Ride in the city as part of the Bike to Work Day initiative. This event will consist of a leisurely lunchtime cycle through the streets of Dublin, taking in the Samuel Beckett Bridge, City Quay, Merrion Square, The Pepper Canister Church and part of the new Premium Cycle Route along the Grand Canal. Participants will gather in Grand Canal Square at 12.45pm in Dublin’s Docklands before setting off on a leisurely 6km (30 minute) cycle. The cycle will conclude in Grand Canal Square where market stalls will be selling food so participants can grab a quick bite before returning to work. In addition to the food stalls, the fun atmosphere will feature the announcement of the winners of various prizes, including best dressed competitions, at this fun, fit and chic event.
Be part of this fun event by registering below and be in with a chance to win some great prizes – there are prizes for Best Dressed male, Best Dressed Female, and for the best dressed bike! The first 500 people to register will get a goody bag and everyone who registers online using the form below is in with a chance to win an Apple iPad 3.
The Best Company Team prize (most people from one organisation) is also up for grabs. To enter this competition simply fill in the registration form below and include the name of your Company (each member of the team should register separately).
Dublin City Council is inviting everyone who travels by bike to participate in this event (over 16 years old) – users of Dublin Bikes are also encouraged to attend.
If you are registering from within the Council and cannot see the form below, please click here.
Most bike thieves in Dublin are opportunists and are on the look out for soft targets. Following the advice given in the video above and the tips below may help you hang on to your bike.
All locks are not made equal. As a general guide think about spending around 10% of the value of the bike you are trying to protect on a lock.
The tools used to force rigid U locks and flexible cable or chain locks are different and most thieves don’t carry both. Consider using a combination for maximum protection.
Lock your bike to something secure and don’t lock it to a part of your bike which can be easily removed such as wheels, staddle posts or carriers.
Lock your bike as snugly as possible – slack locks are easier to lever apart.
Avoid locking your bike in places where thieves can work unnoticed. If you are in town try out the free bike park on Drury Street which has security on site and is CCTV monitored.
Always lock your bike even when it’s parked somewhere secure – bikes are regularly stolen from hallways, back yards and garages.
Lots of stolen bikes are recovered but there is often no way to locate the owner. Take a few photos of your bike and record the serial number of the frame. The serial number is usually stamped on the frame under the bottom bracket (near peddles).
Bike theft is serious – always make a formal report of bike theft at your local Garda station.
“The numbers of people cycling in the city have increased by over 70% since 2004. As the Canal Way Cycle Route is off-road it’s ideal for families, young people and also visitors. Cycling is a healthy, cost effective and easy way to get around Dublin and I am sure the route we are opening today will be very successful” says Lord Mayor Montague. Minister Kelly said: “This is among the best off-road cycle routes within a major urban area in the country and will benefit both commuters and tourists alike and make Dublin much more cycle friendly. The Canal Way Cycle route shows exactly the type of project to help achieve the Government’s intention to have 10% of trips to work being made by bike by 2020.”
Dublin City Council is also announcing plans for ‘Cycle Dublin’ a continuous Canal Way route including over 14km long crossing the city along the Grand and Royal Canals. You can view a map of the existing and proposed routes below:
The Canal Way Cycle Route is due to officially open on the 22nd of March. It’s a mainly off-road cycle route connecting Portobello with the Docklands. Here’s some FAQs on the new adjusted light sequences along the route:
As a cyclist do I have to share the Canal Way Cycle route with other traffic?
The Canal Way Cycle Route is mainly segregated so as a cyclist you won’t share the route with pedestrians or motorists. The only exceptions to this are Grand Canal Quay and Forbes Street, but these streets have a very low volume of cars. However at junctions, cyclists will have to interact with pedestrians and cyclists. Special cyclist signals have been introduced at some junctions.
Where are these junctions located?
Sir John Rogerson Quay
North Wall Quay at Samuel Beckett Bridge
What traffic signals do the junctions have?
There will be traffic signals for three types of road user – motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. As well as a main traffic signal (for motor vehicles) they will have separate traffic signals for both cyclists and pedestrians. The signals for cyclists and pedestrians will operate at different times – this gives cyclists and pedestrians more time to cross the junction and reduces the potential for collisions.
How should cyclists use these new junctions?
Cyclists should stop at the appropriate stop lines when the cyclist traffic signal is red. Please note that to allow pedestrians to cross, this line is before rather than at the junction. The following video explains how to cross safely without interfering with motorists or pedestrians:
Main traffic signal, cyclist and pedestrian signals are red. All motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians are stopped. Step 2
Pedestrian signal goes green (‘Green Man’)
Pedestrians only begin crossing. Cyclist signal and main traffic signal are red so all other traffic is stopped. Step 3
Green man flashes and cyclist signal flashes amber (Flashing ‘Green Man’ and flashing ‘Amber Cyclist’)
Pedestrians complete crossing but pedestrians who have not begun to cross must wait. Cyclists can begin crossing but must yield to pedestrians. All vehicle traffic signals remain red. Step 4
Cyclist signal goes green (‘Green Cyclist’)
Only cyclists can cross the junction now. The pedestrian signal and the main traffic signal are both red. Step 5
Cyclist signal goes to steady amber (‘Amber Cyclist’)
Cyclist completes crossing if already on the junction. Cyclists arriving who have not begun to cross must wait stop at the appropriate stop line. Pedestrian and main signals remain red. Step 6
Cyclist signal goes red (‘Red Cyclist’)
All cyclists are stopped. The main traffic signals will now go to green for road traffic and, following that, the sequence returns to Step 1. Cyclists MUST wait before the cycle stop line until the sequence starts again.
If you wish to provide feedback, please use the comments below or message us on Twitter (@dubcitycouncil) using the hashtag #gcanalcycle