1 ) What’s the point of this website?
The aim is to emulate a successful website in London to highlight how many companies support segregated cycle routes.
The businesses who supported the cycle routes in London included: Microsoft, Deloitte, RBS, Unilever, Coca-Cola, DTZ Group, CEMEX, Penguin, Financial Times, King’s College Hospital, ActionAid, and many others.
2 ) What exactly are the plans?
We are awaiting plans to be finalised for a number of high-profile cycle route. We want these to be suitable for “cycling for the ages” or cycling for “all ages and abilities”.
3 ) My organisation is not a business, can we write in?
Absolutely, individuals and any organisation can respond, once consultation is open for the projects.
Any organisation that employs people in Dublin could be affected to some degree by these plans, so it’s important that you speak up. Is your employer is a university? A hospital? A school or a non-profit? Have your Chief Executive or a similarly senior member of the team write in.
4 ) What objections might I hit internally?
Firstly let us stress that the best approach to this it to talk to other cyclists in the company and then ask your MD directly. This is an employee safety issue and managing directors should care about the safety of staff.
The following are some objections you might have voiced to you with some ways to respond.
a) It’s too political – Not true cycling has cross-party support at a local and national level. This is an employee health and safety issue as well as an environmental one and it may be worth looking at your company CSR statement to see how it links into your principles.b) It’s not a COMPANY issue – Actually this is very much a COMPANY issue. Given the number of cyclists at your company, your employees need this type of infrastructure to get to work safely.c) ‘I am a cyclist and I don’t need cycles lanes’ – Some cyclists in your company (and possibly some of the most high-profile cyclists) MAY feel super confident about cycling on performance bikes in traffic. There is a mountain of evidence that most people don’t want to cycle in these conditions or feel scared if they do. The plans are about cycling for everyone.d) ‘We are not going to endorse a new business group’ – We are not a group and we are not asking businesses to sign up, we will just list the business who make sumissions to the council — you can put the statement up on your website, there’s no need to speak to us.
5 ) I can’t get hold of our managing director to back this, can I still reply?
Councils also seek submissions from individuals and organisations.