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 a complex relationship with the Dublin Cycling Campaign and the Dublin Cycling Campaign CLG (Company Limited by Guarantee). Maynooth Cycling Campaign derives its position as a legal entity due to its relationship with Dublin Cycling Campaign CLG. It is hoped, and indeed expected, that this relationship will be simplified in 2020.
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 some 14 local authorities either as councillors or as PPN representatives on Transport Strategic Policy Committees and/or Cycle Forums such as 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 or donate to Cyclist.ie. Standard membership is only €20 per year.
In 2018, Cyclist.ie was granted charitable status from the Revenue Commissioners so from 2020 any donation €250 or greater qualifies for additional tax relief which further benefits cycling.