First of all, well done on getting this article printed.
Have a go maybe at
the Irish Independent, Irish Times and The Examiner
, although an article of this length would be harder to get published
- just two comments
The Dutch data you showed where public transport had a modal share of only
5% was striking. Next time, it might be worth including the fact that about
20% is walking so cars account for about half the modal share.
For me, t
he key point here for Irish planners is that focusing on quality cycle
far more effective in reducing driver numbers than expensive rail/tram
That is surprising but, if true also of the Irish mentality, then it is
I am a big fan of pointing out, as you did, that investment in cycling is
financially and it is always worthwhile mentioning this bonus to cycling
development. In the original National Cycling Policy Framework doc of
2011, I think they quoted a return on investment of 4 to 1. However, the
maths of this is a problem e.g. over what timescale does one calculate
cost/benefit? However, for example, obesity alone costs somewhere between
€1.1 billion and €1.8 billion per year in Ireland. Even a modest reduction
in that expenditure is financially beneficial, never mind the positive
effect on overweight people.
Typos : "high-bus vests"
All the best
Ray Ryan, Skerries Cycling Initiative.
I've an article in this month's Village Magazine giving an overview of
cycling and it's potential in Ireland -- feedback welcomed!
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