The Republic of Ireland’s new National Cycle Policy Framework sets out a vision of a future where all cities, towns and villages are bicycle-friendly and cycling is a normal way to get about.
The Irish government wants to see the number of people cycling to work rise from 69,000 to 160,000 by 2020 and to develop a new culture of cycling in Eire.
In a recent interview, Irish Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey said there are “about 100,000 people in
The Framework contains 19 objectives and details on how they will be achieved. It is intended the policy will lead to the development of a national cycle network of inter-urban, recreation and commuter routes, taking advantage of canal and river towpaths and disused railway lines.
A range of developments is envisaged, including lower speed limits near schools (30kmh) and safe cycle routes to them, trains and buses carrying bikes as standard, alterations to major road junctions to make them cycle-friendly and the introduction of cycling demonstration towns.
All town with populations of more than 100,000 will have publicly-funded bike rental schemes (
“Cyclists matter,” said Mr Dempsey. “Just like other road users they deserve a safer, easier travelling experience, and that’s what I want to deliver through the 109 individual actions set out in this,