Survey / Galway School Bike Count

Survey / Galway School Bike Count

As part of Bike Week, Galway Cycle Bus and Galway Cycling Campaign have teamed up to do an ambitious yet simple project this week: we’re going to count the number of bikes outside every primary and secondary school in Galway City.

We want to find out how many children (and teachers) are cycling to school in Galway. We can see the amount of bikes at schools has increased. We want to count the bikes this week and to repeat the exercise a number of times at random throughout the school year.

We’re asking parents, teachers and principals to count, and photograph, the student bikes parked on school grounds on Tuesday 22 or Wednesday 23 September and send them onto us via email, DM on Twitter, or on a form on the Galway Cycle Bus website.

Data will be shared with all participating schools and all data gathered will be published for analysis.

Email galwaycyclebus-at-gmail-dot-com to participate and for more information.

Bike Week 2020

This year Bike Week looks a little different. We’ve organised online meetings, info sessions and working groups since March, and so we’re using this experience to bring you a series of webinars with guests from Ireland, Europe, and the USA.

Bike Parking and the Bottom Line

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on local businesses and retail in Galway city and county. We’re all living our lives more locally these days and government advice is to walk or cycle where possible.  International research and the experience of Dublin shows that quality and inclusive bike parking is an investment in local and loyal customers.

  • His Excellency, Adriaan Palm,  Ambassador at The Netherlands Embassy to Ireland
  • Chris Bruntlett, Dutch Cycling Embassy and co-author of Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality
  • Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town
  • Clodagh Colleran, Development Studies Association of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin

>Register for webinar<

Safer Roads, Safer Cities, Better Lives: The view from Europe and the UN

Decisions made by the European Commission and the UN have an impact on the road design and safety of our urban roads, residential streets, and bóithirín.

Insights into the impact of the lockdown on road safety from across Europe will be discussed as well as ideas for how we deal with a transition out of it.

Our guests from Europe will share how and why safe walking and cycling infrastructure and reducing speeds must be at the heart of our transport and mobility evolution.

  • Matthew Baldwin, the first European Coordinator for Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility
  • Ellen Townsend, Policy Director at the European Transport Safety Council
  • Rod King MBE, Founder and Campaign Director of 20’s Plenty for Us

>Register for webinar<

MOTHERLOAD, the movie

MOTHERLOAD, virtual community screening in Galway and Q&A with director Liz Canning

Date: Sunday, 27 September 2020, 7.30pm – 10pm

Our grand finale to Bike Week 2020 is hosting MOTHERLOAD as a virtual community screening and covideo party. We’re delighted that director Liz Canning will join us for a Q&A on Zoom immediately afterward for a panel discussion with urban liveability and health experts.

This 86 minute documentary from the USA captures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. It won a Sundance Special Jury Prize in 2019.

 Join the covideo party on Twitter using the hashtags #MOTHERLOAD #MOTHERLOADgalway

Post-screening Q&A with

  • Liz Canning, director of MOTHERLOAD
  • Neasa Bheilbigh, Galway Cycle Bus
  • Síle Ginnane, co-founder of Better Ennis
  • Jo Sachs-Elderidge, organiser of the Leitrim Cycling Festival and co-author of A Vision for Cycling in Rural Ireland by the Rural Cycling Collective

>Register for screening and Q&A webinar<

Bike Week 2020 webinars hosted by Galway Cycling Campaign are funded through a grant awarded by Galway City Council through the Active Travel initiative by the Government of Ireland

‘Crazy’ 80kmph speed limit outside Boleybeg primary school

Locals have expressed concerns over proposals by Galway City Council to set a “crazy” 80kmph speed limit outside the gate of a Galway City primary school.

St Joseph’s primary school and Naíonra Cháit

In the draft speed limit bye-laws, the council has designated all of Rahoon Road west of Clybaun Road as 80kmph, including the section outside the site of Scoil Naomh Sheosaimh primary school and naíonra in Boleybeg. This would make it the only school in Galway City with an 80kmph speed limit outside the school gate. 

Neil O’Leary, parent of a child at the naíonra, said, “It’s crazy that Galway City Council would even consider making this section of road 80kmph. There are hundreds of children arriving at the school gates here every day. Yet the bicycle rack remains empty as parents choose to drive to school because it feels safer, and who could blame them? If a child is hit by a vehicle whizzing by at 80kmph, a socially distant funeral is all but guaranteed. At 30kmph, that same child has a 90% chance of surviving and returning to the playground.”

“I cycle my son to and from here most days and I know other parents would like to do the same, or walk with their kids, but don’t feel safe enough to do so. A lower speed limit would make for a much less hostile road environment, help attract more parents out of their cars and fill up the bike-rack at the school” said Mr O’Leary. 

Public consultation on the proposed speed limit bye-laws is open until 16th September. Any concerns or proposals to Galway City Council can be made at http://bit.ly/galwaycityspeedlimits