Cycling

Cycling is an efficient mode of transport for short journeys, providing benefits for health and the environment and accessibility. However, the level of cycling has continued to decline in recent years, the 2006 Census reporting that nationally within Ireland, only 1.9% of commuter trips were made by bike. The need to develop more sustainable transport systems and policies has been recognised with the publication by the Department of Transport (DoT) "Smarter Travel" A New Transport Policy for Ireland 2009-2020, and the subsequent publication of the National Cycle Policy Framework 2009- 2020.  The Framework sets a a target of 10% of all trips to work being by bike by the year 2020, and lists a wide range of policy objectives and measures to increase cycling, including:

  • promoting cycling through all levels of planning policy;
  • considering cycle accessibility to retail outlets, commercial developments, schools and colleges;
  • developing cycle demonstration towns;
  • introducing a national programme of remedial works to improve the permeability of existing developments;
  • introducing a hierarchy of cycling measures to be considered when planning networks and facilities;
  • auditing existing infrastructure and implementing remedial measures on 'cyclist unfriendly urban roads';
  • expanding the National Cycle Network (NCN) and urban cycle networks;
  • implementing 30kph zones in the immediate vicinity of all schools by 2020;
  • developing a cycle training programme;
  • improving the level and quality of provision of cycle parking; and
  • improving the integration between cycling and other modes such as public transport.
Our Philosophy

TTRSA have considerable experience in developing all aspects of cycling from the creation of policies, plans and networks, to the design and implementation of urban and rural cycle routes.  Increasing the levels of cycling to specific facilities such as a school or workplace can be achieved relatively easily through the use of mobility management techniques and localised traffic management improvements, whilst increasing overall levels of cycling whether related to: commuting; utility trips such as those to local shops; or, recreation, takes a sustained effort and funding over many years.

It is important for a local authority to develop a strategic vision for cycling in consultation with the public.  Consultation at this early stage develops an understanding of both existing cycle use, the barriers experienced by cyclists and the barriers to starting or in most cases re-starting to cycle. Something as simple as the introduction of well designed cycle parking at key locations can generate a measurable increase in cycling before the introduction of route infrastructure.

The strategic vision leads to the development of an outline route network, which in turn, taking into consideration other factors such as road safety, forms the basis of future route improvements.  The route improvements themselves need to be designed using an in-depth knowledge of both the needs of different types of cyclists, and the areas which the route passes through.

Whilst it is desirable for routes to be constructed in their entirity, sections can be developed in relative isolation as funding opportunites occur.  Increasing the levels of cycling also takes more than just physical improvements, a cultural shift is required that will only occur if such improvements are accompanied by education, training, and marketing.

How TTRSA can help

TTRSA offer a comprehensive service from developing initial cycling policies and strategies through to the implementation of routes and facilities on the ground.  We are happy to undertake work on the basis of taking on specific projects or working alongside and mentoring your existing teams to increase their skill levels within this area.  We are also happy to review work produced by others to ensure compliance with national and international best practice, and to audit designs as part of Road Safety Audits.

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