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Senator Bacik launches Oireachtas cyclists group

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Senator Bacik launches Oireachtas cyclists group

Senator Ivana Bacik got on her bike today to launch a new All-Party Oireachtas Cyclists Group. The group will encourage all parliamentarians to leave their cars at home and cycle to work.

In tandem with the Government's Smarter Travel policy which aims to have 10% of all commuting trips carried out by bike nationally in Ireland by 2020, the All-Party Oireachtas Cyclists Group hopes to encourage people to cycle, by tackling issues which may prevent nervous cyclists from making the journey.

Senator Bacik said, "The reason why many people do not cycle is because they are concerned about the experience of cycling in congested traffic and do not have the cycling skills to cycle safely in urban areas."

To mark the launch today, Cyclist.ie trainers offered TDs and Senators a special 'taster' session in developing cycling skills and safety.

"I hope that through initiatives like this, an Oireachtas Cyclists Group can encourage and promote the use of cycling more widely."

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