Cycling Book

If you interested in improving your Cycling Skills the “Cyclecraft” book is available in all the Galway City and County Librarys

By the Author John Franklin

This is the new updated version of the seminal textbook on cycling skills. The latest edition of Cyclecraft has been extensively revised and extended. Now targeted at both adults and children, with special advice for parents and reflects on experience gained through implementation of Bikeability, the National Cycle Training Standard in the UK. It has been restructured to present a more effective teaching order, with more detailed advice on the basics of starting to cycle and an updated section for current bike styles and equipment and also new chapters on carrying children and goods and riding with others


Some Other Cycling Sites:, comprising Ireland’s cycling lobby groups

Cork Cycling Campaign

Dublin Cycling Campiagn

Limerick Cycling Campaign

Maynooth Cycling Campaign

Skerries Cycling Initiative

Waterford Walk Cycle Initiative

How the Galway Cycling Campaign Works

Lots of prospective members wonder how the Galway Cycling Campagn works. This document tries to explain how we function, and how stuff gets done.

We are very much a ‘member-driven’ organisation.

This not a group where some leaders decide on policy, and then expect ‘ordinary members’ to do the work.

In the Galway Cycling Campaign, members make their own suggestions as to where we might do some work. If the proposal, no matter how big or small, is within our overall general direction we are happy to support it.

Now here’s they key.

The issue MUST be member driven.
Suggesting something is just the beginning.
The suggestion must be investigated, researched, campagined on, lobbied for, or whatever it takes.
Ideally , everybody is keen , and helps out, and we help organise this. But somebody must drive it forward on a personal level. Without that, the idea will go nowhere, and die fast.

Sometimes, it’s a one-man show in terms of effort, but once somebody had made a start, and shown commitment to the idea, other people help out and the idea gets driven forward.

But it doesn’t mean that just because you mightn’t have the time or energy to drive something forward, you can’t suggest anything.
On the contrary, many, maybe even most ideas where suggested by one individual, but others were happy to drive the idea forward as they felt it was worthy of attention.

But they key is that all our campainging issues are driven by somebody, and not necessarily , or even usually, an office holder.

Ask not what the Galway Campaign can do for you…

Facts About Cycling in Galway

Vulnerable Road Users in Galway*

Age Class
% Equiv. of 1996 population
Total population of the city
Children Age 0-14
Children in Secondary School

Third Level Students

  • GMIT 3,839
  • NUI, Galway 8,450
Persons over 65

*Data from 1996 Census and Atlas of
Galway, secondary school figures are for 1998, third level for 1999/2000

Travel by vulnerable modes in Galway

The 1996 census lists following proportions
for trips to school, college and work by the vulnerable modes in
Galway city (foot, cycle and motor cycle)

    • Travel by vulnerable modes: Trips to School

      • Children Aged 5-12:                         37.4

      • Students Aged 13-18:                      47.7

    • Travel by vulnerable modes: Trips to College

      • Students Aged 19 and over:      
             81.5 %

    • Travel by vulnerable modes: Trips to Work

      • Persons at work aged 15 and over: 30.0 %

Parking in Galway

  • There are at least 10 “no bicycles” signs in Eyre Square, there
    is one municipal bike rack.   It has eleven spaces
    and is of a “wheel gripper” design that can damage bicycles
    and leaves them vulnerable to theft or vandalism.  In a
    1998 submission the GCC requested it’s removal, in 2001 it’s
    still there.

  • Recently the Corporation installed a different, but still unapproved, rack design in
    the Maingurd St, Spanish Arch areas, these allow the frame to
    be locked but do not properly support upright bicycles which fall
    over. The design has also been identified as a trip hazard to

  • There are 1,000 “on street” and 3,000 “off street” car parking
    spaces in Galway city.

Galway’s Roads Network 

  • Galway Corporation has imposed road and junction types with
    a design speed of 60 mph or higher at locations where the stated
    speed limit is 30 mph and where there is mixed traffic of all

  • There are currently 13 multilane roundabouts in the City, the
    accident rate for cyclists on these roundabouts is 14 to 16
    times that of motorists. The accident rate for motorcyclists
    is only slightly lower than that of cyclists.  A national
    study on Irish roundabouts from 1987 raises serious reservations
    about using them where high numbers of two wheelers are expected.
     A Foras Forbatha report in 1979 raised the issue of the
    safety of cyclists in Galway and the roundabouts that were then
    proposed for the city.  Galway corporation was fully aware
    of these issues when they built a further five roundabouts on
    the new Western Distributor road.  More roundabouts are
    planned for the Seamus Quirke rd.

  • Even within predominantly residential areas Galway Corporation
    has a policy of actually specifying the use of road junction designs
    that unnecessarily endanger and inconvenience pedestrians and

  • It is corporation policy to impose “cycleways” of a design
    that results in a baseline 50% increase in the rate of car/bicycle
    collisions. (Rising to a tenfold (x10) increase in some circumstances).

  • There are only 14 signal controlled junctions Galway City, not
    all of these signalised junctions include pedestrian phases. There
    are only 10 signalised pedestrian crossings

  • At some specific locations in the city any cyclist who attempts
    to use the “cycleways” in the manner directed by the accompanying
    signs can expect to incur a tenfold (x10) increase in the risk
    of car/bicycle collision.

  • There are no fixed speed cameras anywhere in Galway City or
    County.  In fact to our knowledge there are no fixed speed
    cameras anywhere in the west of Ireland.

  • Galway Corporation has an established practice of refusing
    to implement road safety measures such as traffic calming even
    when specifically requested by local residents.

  • There are 130 miles of roads in Galway City, up until 2000 there
    was only one road (Murrough Avenue) that had any (2) municipally
    provided speed ramps.

  • At least one major cycling tour operator refuses to bring groups
    to Galway City by bicycle on grounds of road danger.

About the Galway Cycling Campaign

Formed after a large public meeting in 1998, the Galway Cycling Campaign is in essence a group that exists to forward the interests of ordinary everyday adult bicycle users, we have the following core aims.

* Safer conditions for cycling
* Planning that gives equal priority to all road users
* Improvement of existing facilities
* Secure parking for bikes
* Recognition of the rights and responsibilities of all road users by all road users

When people think of cycling safety such things as cycle lanes and cycle tracks automatically spring to mind, the thinking behind such segregated facilities is often based on the premise that the roads cannot be made to work for all road users.

Unfortunately cycling safety is a complex issue governed by many different factors. Total segregation is often impossible to achieve and partial segregation can make matters worse, unless you also try to make the roads work for all road users, clearly a circular argument. For this reason many cycling activists now prefer to focus primarily on other issues such as speed limits and speeding by motorists, road designs (especially junction layouts,), traffic calming and so on. Increasingly there is the issue of whether motorists should have a more clearly defined duty of care towards more vulnerable road users.

Another issue which is becoming more prominent concerns the fact that it continues to be legally permissable to import, to purchase, and to use, cars that are designed to break Irish law. Since our formation the GCC has made it our business to gather as much information as possible on what currently constitutes best practice in transportation planning and in “Road Safety”. This information is then used to draw up position documents on a range of issues, which are then submitted to relevant local and national authorities. We are constantly monitoring the situation for cyclists in Galway City and reviewing the implications for cyclists of all new developments.

In order to do this work effectively we need to have “eyes and ears” everywhere. Thus, we are always on the look out for new members and volunteers.

If you are interested in getting involved then contact us via the GCC, c/o The Galway One World Centre, Bridge Mills, Galway.