CYCLING campaigners in Cork are calling for 10% of the 2019 transport budget to be dedicated to upgrading and enhancing cycling facilities nationwide.
The group says that major investment is needed to increase the numbers choosing cycling instead of private car transport.
Cork Cycling Campaign is backing the #Allocate4Cycling campaign, which will launch in Dublin in the coming days.
The campaign calls for a significant increase in the volume of investment in cycling infrastructure to increase the number of people cycling on Irish roads. The organisers of the campaign, which include local cycling groups from all over Ireland, say it will reduce emissions and improve health.
They are keen to see more money put into safer cycling measures, including dedicated cycle lanes and cycle training at school levels, as well as increased funding for rural greenway projects to increase cycling as a leisure activity too.
In 2009, the National Cycle Policy Framework set a target of 10% of the population to be commuting by bike by 2020.
However, the group say that the lack of investment nationwide means that this figure is still a long way off, currently standing at just 3%.
In addition, some 50% of people use car journeys for distances of less than 2km.
“If this is to change, expenditure on cycling must be increased substantially.
“Attaining this target would benefit everyone in society, not just people who cycle. It would lead to a reduction in traffic congestion, reduced air and noise pollution, help to meet climate change targets, and result in a healthier community,” the Cork Cycling Campaign said in a statement.
Locally, the group has called for City Hall to increase its efforts to integrate cycling into the City Centre Movement Strategy.
While later stages of the plan include plans to improve and increase cycle lanes, the Cork Cycling Campaign say that a greater focus now will ‘help solve local transport challenges’.