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Dublin's cyclists are about to have a new person on their side

The council has been granted permission to appoint a cycling officer.

Image: infomatique via Flickr/Creative Commons

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has been granted permission for to appoint a cycling officer for the first time since 2011.

The position was scrapped after the council was instructed by the Department of the Environment to end funding for the role.

However a new request was submitted in May, and was approved on 10 July.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the role will be on a three-year contract.

However, the council said that at this early stage they were unable to confirm the salary or duties of the yet-to-be-appointed cycling officer.

The scrapping of the position was met with anger, as some viewed it as contradiction to the council’s plans to increase the number of cyclists in the city.

This has involved several projects to improve cycling infrastructure, including the proposal to build segregated cycle paths along the city’s quays.

A new report earlier this year revealed the number of cyclists entering the city centre – defined by the authors as the area between the two canals – every morning reached 10,000 for the first time.

This is double the figure in 2006.

H/t to DublinCycling.ie 

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