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21st December 2011 | Uncategorised

Green Party welcomes Fine Gael/Labour U-Turn on Cycling Officer

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The Green Party has welcomed the decision to extend the contract of Dublin’s Cycling Officer.

Speaking this afternoon Green Party Spokesperson Ciarán Cuffe stated:

“I am pleased that by the Minister for the Environment, Communities and Local Government, Phil Hogan, has given a temporary extension for the position. This is progress, but more needs to be done.

I’m sure the city of Copenhagen doesn’t operate on six month contracts when it come to cycling policy. We need a dedicated team of transport professionals who understand the needs of cyclists in every City and County Council. A six month contract extension is good, but this position ought to be a permanent one.

The increase in cycling numbers in Dublin is great news, but we need to build on this and learn more from cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. If we do this we can  increase cycling numbers from from 10% to 40% of all journeys. It can be done, but it requires dedicated staff who walk the walk, cycle their bikes and who don’t drive from their homes to dedicated free parking spaces in the Civic Offices.

ENDS

Further Information:

Ciarán Cuffe 087 265 2075