Itinerary for Living Streets Festival

Posted 16 Sep 2010 to News by Sarah Scannell

Itinerary

All activities are free and open to all

Schedule is subject to change

1200      All Locations                      Bicycle and Urban Transport Exhibition

1200      Drury St Stage                   DJ Bob Conway

1300      Drury St Stage                   Rory Faithfield & Band

1400      Drury St Stage                   DJ Bob Conway

1700      Drury St Stage                   Live Jazz – The Hot Club of Dublin

1800      Drury St Stage                   Live Bluegrass – The Niall TonerBand

1930      Fade St                             Pedal-Powered Cinema  open for business

2000      Fade St                             “Les Triplets de Belleville” commences

Living Streets – European Mobility Week 2010

Posted 15 Sep 2010 to Events by Sarah Scannell

Two out of three Europeans live in an urban environment. Mobility Week is an initiative to promote sustainable modes of travel and improvement of the urban environment.

Living Streets is a day long programme of events being organised by Dublin City Council on South William Street, Drury Street, Fade Street, Castle Market and Coppinger Row on Wednesday 22nd September as part of Mobility Week. Roads will be closed to motorised vehicles and there will be free live music and comedy, an exhibition of cargo bikes and an outdoor evening movie.

Music will be provided by Rory Faithfield, the Niall Toner Band and the Hot Club of Dublin on the main stage on Drury Street. Live comedy acts will include Andrew Stanley, Damien Clark, Eric Lalor and Fred Cooke. When it gets dark we will have a screening of the animated masterpiece ‘Belleville Rendezvous’ on Dury Street. This projection will be pedal powered so we will need volunteers from the audience to keep the show going.

It is going to be a great day so walk, cycle, get the bus or hop on a LUAS and come and enjoy one of the most vibrant parts of Dublin City – car free for a day.

Bicycle Parking Trial in City Centre

Posted 13 Sep 2010 to News by Sarah Scannell

Cycle hoops in Dublin city centre

We are trialling a new type of cycle parking solution, called a Cyclehoop, around the south city centre area. Some of you may already have noticed the bright blue hoops, which provide secure cycle parking by retrofitting existing street furniture. Twenty five of these hoops have been installed on a trial basis in locations voted for by you on the public consultation. If the response is positive, more can be provided.

Although not intended as a substitute for Sheffield stands, Cyclehoops are particularly useful in diffuse city centre environments where cycle parking to poles is prevalent. Retrofitting existing poles with a Cyclehoop offers a number of advantages:

  • The hoop stabilises the bike, preventing it from falling and causing an obstruction for  pedestrians and also damage to the bike itself
  • It allows bicycles to be locked through the frame and both wheels, reducing the risk of theft
  • The regularisation of cycle parking should discourage bad practice
  • Street clutter is reduced by utilising existing street furniture

The product itself was launched in London in 2008 and has since been adopted by over 40 councils across the UK. The Cyclehoop is a simple and elegant solution to cycle parking in cities and was the winning design in the Street Furniture category of the Reinventing the Bike Shed Design Competition 2006. Dublin City Council is the first local authority outside of the UK to install Cyclehoops.

For more information on Cyclehoops please see www.cyclehoop.com


View Cycle Hoop Trial Locations in a larger map

King of the Mountains

Posted 3 Sep 2010 to Events by Sarah Scannell

On Friday 17th September, as part of European Mobility Week 2010, Dublin City Council will be hosting an event to showcase a type of electrically-assisted bicycle called a ‘Pedelec’. Combining pedal and battery power, Pedelecs open new possibilities to commuters, particularly those with a long or hilly commute. With pedal-assist technology, the electric motor boosts your pedal input so that you can ascend hills with ease and travel further while cutting your fuel costs as well as your impact on the environment. The top assistance speed is typically about 25km/h with a range of about 50km; the battery can be recharged overnight (4-6 hours required). Pedelecs are also eligible for the bike-to-work scheme.

Mobility Week is an initiative led by the European Commission to promote sustainable modes of travel and improvement of the urban environment. This is the 10th year of European Mobility Week and over 900 cities and towns have registered to participate.

The event itself, titled King of the Mountains, will take place on Fishamble Street (beside Civic Offices) from 12.00-18.00 and all are welcome to try out the newest Pedelec technology on one of the city centre’s steepest climbs. Pedelec suppliers from all over Dublin will be in attendance so that members of the public can test-ride the bikes and get information on how they operate, how much they cost, etc.

The event promises to be great fun for all with music, guaranteed entertainment, and everyone who participates will be entered in a draw to win the fantastic prize of a Giant Twist Pedelec bike worth €1500! We may even stage a fun King of the Mountains style competition with the prestigious prize of a customised polka dot jersey signed by top Irish cyclist Dan Martin, winner of the 2010 Dublin Cycle Race.