Cyclist.ie – the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network – is primarily a federation of affiliated urban cycling campaign groups such as Maynooth Cycling Campaign. It includes greenway promotional groups such as the Great Southern Greenway group and various bicycle festivals. The ‘Cycling Without Age’ movement and Irish Heart are also members. In total, there are more than twenty affiliated groups spread across the country.
Cyclist.ie has close working arrangements with An Taisce – the Irish National Trust – which provides office space and administrative back-up to its National Cycling Coordinator.
The governing body of the network is the Council which formally meets at least twice per year. Each group can nominate up to two delegates to Council. The organisation is normally run by an Executive Committee of up to eight nominees with the support of the National Cycling Coordinator. The Executive meets by means of video-conference calls on a monthly basis or as required.
Cyclist.ie is a membership-based organisation with a total membership of over 700. Members sit on local authority Transport Strategic Policy Committees and/or Cycle Forums in Kildare, Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, South Dublin, Fingal County Council, Cork City and Galway. These committees deal with transport and traffic issues.
Cyclist.ie is a non-profit organisation which largely relies on voluntary effort to improve life for cyclists of all ages. Cyclist.ie employs one member of staff – the National Cycling Coordinator. Initially, the post was funded by the European Cycling Federation and was full time. Now the position is funded from Irish sources and as a result has been reduced to part time.
Maynooth Cycling Campaign benefits from the support of Cyclist.ie and the position of the National Cycling Coordinator. We charge no membership fee. However, if members wish to support our work, we would strongly urge them to Join / Donate to Cyclist.ie.
In 2018, Cyclist.ie was granted charitable status from the Revenue Commissioners so any donation greater than €250 qualifies for additional tax relief.