Mission Statement/Ráisteas Misin
Our mission is to make Galway cycling-friendly.
- get more people cycling and make it an everyday form of transport
- make the roads safer for everyone
- improve services and infrastructure for people who cycle, walk and use public transport
- educate the public and decision makers
Our vision for Galway is a place where people can travel easily, safely and enjoyably by bicycle.
Who we are
- The voice of cycling in Galway since 1998.
- People who use bicycles as an everyday form of transport – for work, school, college, shopping, socialising, leisure, and recreation.
- An independent, membership-driven organisation made up of dedicated volunteers.
- Advocates for all road users, including pedestrians, families, people with disabilities and public transport users.
- Experts in international best practice. Our greatest asset is our members’ knowledge and expertise, built up over decades.
- Chairperson: Kevin Jennings
- Treasurer: Jacqui O’Dowd
- Secretary: Neil O’Leary
- Social Media: Martina Callanan, Eoin Ryan [volunteer]
- Membership/Recruitment: Céclie Robin [volunteer]
- Research Officer: Fiona Concannon
- Liaison with other cycling groups and Cyclist.ie representative: Neasa Bheilbigh
- Galway Cycling Campaign representative on Galway City Community Network: Shane Foran
- Planning submissions lead: John Brennan
- Content generation/website lead: [volunteer]
- PRO: Martina Callanan, Dave Mathieson
- Irish-language lead: Oisín Ó Nídh, Neasa Bheilbigh
What we do
- Help people to start cycling and stay cycling.
- Advocate for safer roads and better facilities in Galway for cyclists and pedestrians of all skill levels, ages and backgrounds.
- Constantly monitor issues affecting sustainable travel in Galway
- Consider the implications for cycling in new developments/strategies and make submissions to relevant local and national authorities.
- Share our expertise with decision makers and the public.
- Meet up for regular socials.
- Give interviews to the media.
- Represent sustainable travel on various committees.
- Produce educational material for road users on how to share the roads and how to deal with common traffic situations safely and confidently.
Transport policy should be based on the Hierarchy of Road Users, which prescribes the following order of priority:
- People who walk
- People on bicycles
- Public transport users
- Private motor vehicles
- Reducing traffic speeds.
- Changing the mix of traffic, for example by diverting HGVs.&
- Junction treatment and traffic management.
- Rethinking road layout to improve access for public transport and cyclists.
- High-quality segregated space, e.g. wider hard shoulders, cycle lanes and cycle paths.
In decades past, the number of people who cycled in Galway City was considerably higher than it is now. We want to restore cycling numbers to what they were and normalise cycling as a form of transport.Galway Cycling Campaign was established in 1998 following a large public meeting, born of a great need for people who cycle to have a unifying representative voice. Our first chairperson was Brendan Geoghegan.
- more bicycle parking for Galway
- a more useful Galway Bike Share Scheme
- a car-free Galway city centre
- cycle skills training for adults and children
- well-designed greenways – with local consensus
- a cycle link connecting Ballybrit and Parkmore business parks
- commuter cycle links to key workplaces, including NUIG, UHG and the city centre