On your bike!

4th May 2010

  • DIT removes 200,000 motor trips from Dublin streets
  • Staff and students favour two-wheel travel

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Minister Cuffe with students Jen Jordan, Vice President DITSU;
Neil Kenny and Brian O’Connell, DIT Jugglers society

The Minister for Sustainable Transport, Ciarán Cuffe TD arrived by bike on campus in Bolton Street today to launch Bike to College Day.  The Minister, himself a former lecturer in Spatial Planning in DIT, was delighted to hear about the programme of events organised by the Sports Service and Campus Life with the aim of encouraging even more DIT staff and students to get on their bikes.  Addressing the group of students and staff members, he gave examples of changes in policy that have helped to promote cycling in the city and said further initiatives were planned.  Apart from the positives for the environment, he said cycling was a much more sociable way to travel, making it easier to meet friends along the way.  Paraphrasing an oft-quoted political saying, he said that ‘motorists drive in prose, whereas cyclists move in poetry’! 

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Taking a lift on the ministerial bike –
DITSU Vice President Jen Jordan with Minister Ciaran Cuffe

DIT students and staff record the highest number of cycle journeys to college and the lowest number of car journeys of any college in Dublin.  According to a travel survey carried out in January 2010 by the National Transport Authority, DIT has made significant progress in encouraging students and staff to get out of their cars and onto their bikes.  Manager of Campus Life in DIT, Brian Gormley said he was delighted to see such a positive change in travel habits. “Four years ago, twice as many staff members were driving to work compared with the number cycling.  Now, more staff cycle into college than drive!  More than one in four lecturers now cycle to work, and 1200 of the full-time students are regular cyclists.” 

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Dr. Mike Murphy presenting Minister Cuffe with a copy of “From Certificates to Doctorates by Degrees” – a photographic memoir of DIT by Jimmie Robinson

The travel survey shows that since 2006 the increased numbers of students and staff cycling to DIT campus locations around the city centre has removed over 200,000 motor trips per year from Dublin streets.  That is good news for the environment and for other commuters, whether they are on buses or bikes! 

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Minister Cuffe with uni-cyclist Brian O’Connell and juggler Cecily Quentin Weeks

To encourage more people onto their bikes now that summer has arrived, activities for ‘Bike to College Day’ will include bike maintenance classes; cycle safety classes; free teas and coffees for cyclists; competitions; information; and cycling challenges.

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