Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Active Travel and Urban Planning Focusing on Cycling: Discussion

Photo of John LahartJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I saw a figure from Austria yesterday. The transfer to e-bikes resulted in 13,000 tonnes of carbon per year being saved in one particular area. Will the witnesses comment on the reluctance of women to cycle? This will be my final question. It was briefly mentioned already, but will they develop the point? I am also interested in children cycling. The real measure of a safe cycleway is whether one can allow a child of 11 or 12 years to cycle on it independently. Again there is no mention of this in the climate action plan. What can we do about it? Women represent half the population. How have businesses fared in cities where e-bikes and cycling and associated facilities have been encouraged and where these have replaced cars, car parking spaces, and so on? How have businesses reacted to that?


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