Lord Mayor signs declaration on cycling at Leipzig conference
Published on 11th May 2023
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Caroline Conroy, has today signed a declaration at the Velo-city conference in Leipzig, Germany, urging public authorities worldwide to ‘Make Cycling a fully-fledged mode of transport accessible to all.’
The signatories of the statement say they will endeavour to use the resources, capabilities and networks at their disposal to promote and grow cycling in their constituencies and to engage in collective initiatives that further prioritise cycling for everyone.
Signing the declaration the Lord Mayor said, “I am delighted to sign this declaration on behalf of the citizens of Dublin. Cycling is one of the healthiest, cleanest and cost-effective modes of transport out there. So I would encourage all Dubliners to get on their bike!”
This declaration aligns with Dublin City Council’s current commitment to deliver a connected Active Travel Network for the city.
Cycling requires less energy than any other means of transport, and over short distances, is the most effective way to reduce fossil fuels consumption.
Cycling just 30 minutes per working day is enough to meet the World Health Organisation physical activity requirements and reduce the risk of premature death by 20-30%.
It is also accessible to nearly everyone, requiring little training, no special licensing and no other special equipment other than having a bicycle.