Cycling in Dublin is once-off newspaper dealing with the issues facing cycling and its promotion in Dublin today and into the future.
As a freelance journalist who has written quite a bit about cycling, it is hard not to notice the growing numbers of people in Dublin getting around on bicycles. With this project, I'm trying to merge my passion for cycling with my journalistic side of reporting, photojournalism and news design (newspaper design) to produce a publication examining issues affecting cycling today and looking in detail at the debate on the future of cycling in Dublin.
I want to include a diverse set of voices – from the experts to people who cycle as their means of getting round, or just for fun, and also those who don’t cycle but would maybe like to.
The newspaper will only be published if the target is reached, so I need your help to offer this newspaper for free to as many people as possible around Dublin for Bike Week 2012, to be held June 16 to 24.
It’s an interesting time for cycling in Ireland, and especially in Dublin, where there has been a 45% increase in the amount of cyclists entering the city centre in the last five years since 2006.
Focused on feature articles exploring cycling in Dublin, the paper would attempt to cover issues such as:
– ‘My cycle’: short interviews and photographs of a wide range of Dublin cyclists, asking them about their journeys and why they cycle
– The future of cycling in Dublin
– Is a minimum passing distance needed?
– How against-flow lanes on one-way streets could change cycling
– The Irish bad weather myth (at least for Dublin)
– Cycling cities: A look at established and upcoming cycling cities
– Children on board: Transporting children on bikes
– Beginners guide: From choosing a bike to the basic extras
– On-bike storage: Panniers, racks, baskets, bags
– Cargo bikes as a car or second car replacement
– Gender gap issue
– Is it important how cycling is marketed?
– Locks, locking bikes correctly, recording details, bike registration
– Is cycling safe: The stats for Dublin would seem to suggest, yes, but can more be done to make it more attractive to everybody?
The costs for the project include printing the paper, but also interviewing people, writing the articles, taking and sourcing photographs, designing the publication, putting everything together, and distributing the final product.
The target is a minimum of 5,000 copies, but once the project funding target is exceeded every extra €90 will increase the print run by 1,000 copies (up to an extra 5,000 copies).
Suggestions are welcome from everybody, from what issues to cover or how to cover them. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
Thank you for any help and support you can give,