Galway Cycling Campaign launches drive to increase its voice

Galway cyclists are being urged to join the campaign to give cyclists a louder voice in Galway.

Galway Cycling Campaign, which claims to be the voice of cycling in Galway since 1998, has launched an online membership facility to make it easy for people to join.

Acting chairperson Mairéad Ní Chaoimh says cyclists are woefully underserved in Galway.

"We are fighting hard to get our voice heard, to get better facilities and infrastructure for cyclists. I am calling on anyone out there who wants a more cycling friendly Galway to join us today.”

The membership drive is taking place this week, and is urging cyclists and anyone who wants Galway "as a place where people can travel easily, safely and enjoyably by bicycle" to sign up.

“We are very keen to sign people up as supporters," says Ní Chaoimh. "They may not have time to volunteer, but by becoming a supporter they help us give cyclists a louder voice, and add weight to our campaigns.

"They cheer us on from the wings, giving us a mandate. Of course we want active members too,” she says.

The GCC is an independent, membership-driven organisation made up of dedicated volunteers who advocate for all road users, including pedestrians, families, people with disabilities and public transport users.

The GCC says in joining its campaign, new members will be part of the local cycling community, add their voice to much needed campaigns to improve Galway’s cycling infrastructure; use their skills for a good cause; get up to speed on current cycling issues; and do their bit for climate change.

It costs €10 for waged annual membership and €5 for unwaged annual membership. People can sign up either as active members or as supporters. Newly signed up members and those interested in joining are especially welcome to attend our social which is taking place in McGinn’s pub in Wood Quay tomorrow April 6 at 7pm.

Anyone interested can join by following this link: http://www.galwaycycling.org/get-involved/

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