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Colm Moore
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Default [PR] Public Lecture "Building a Cycling Culture"


Under a different hat, I'm a member of Dublin Cycling Campaign and we have our annual lecture coming up this week. Feel free to drop in.


Dear Dublin Cycling Campaign member / supporter,

A date for your diary - Thursday 20th May at 7.30pm for this year's Annual Cycling Lecture to be given by renowned cycling academic Dr. Dave Horton.

Dr. Horton is a sociologist in Lancaster University and his lecture is entitled "Building a Cycling Culture". An abstract of his paper and pen profile are at the bottom of this mail. A poster can be found on:

Our Annual Lecture is one of our most enjoyable events with 250+ attending over the last few years. Do please spread the word and see you in the Burke Theatre in the Arts Building in Trinity College, just off Nassau St. The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey T.D., will open the evening so it is REALLY important that we have a large audience on the night to demonstrate the strength of the cycling community.

If you'd like to join the speaker and organisers for a pre-lecture dinner, please email stephen {at} giving your details and, if possible, please come along to the DCC meeting on Mon 10th May to leave a deposit (5). We propose to eat at 5.45 / 6.00pm in a reasonably priced city centre restaurant (still to be decided) leaving time to get to Trinity by 7.30pm. There will be a post-lecture social in Le Cirk bar from 9.30 til late. (This bar fronts onto Dame St. and backs onto the lane alongside the Stag's Head pub.) All welcome. Details to follow on

PLEASE FORWARD THIS MAIL (+ poster) to all of your cycling friends / colleagues and persuade them to come along. If you are on Facebook, please consider "sharing" the event on your home page and inviting friends. See:

From experience the best way to persuade friends to attend is the old fashioned face-to-face invitation and arm-twisting, and by giving them a poster! I'll leave copies of the poster and flyers in the Square Wheel Bicycle Shop on Temple Lane South, if anyone has a little time to give them out to cyclists (including the Dublin Bikes users.)

Finally, if you haven't read it, the latest Dublin Cycling Campaign newsletter is available on:


Damien Tuama
Events Group
Dublin Cycling Campaign

What do we mean by cycling culture? And what don't we mean? What does a cycling culture look like, and do we need one? Are cycling sub-cultures a help or a hindrance to the establishment of a cycling culture? My talk will explore such questions, and aims to provoke discussions about how we might build an inclusive cycling culture, both spatially (on the ground, in the design of cities such as Dublin) and ideologically (within politics, the media and the hearts and minds of citizens). I believe not only that these kinds of questions and issues are well worth thinking about and discussing as we keep working towards making cycling a very major means of urban mobility, but also that asking such questions and provoking such discussions is an integral part of the work of making cycling

Dave Horton is a sociologist at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK. In 2004 he organised the event at which the Cycling and Society Research Group was established. The Group champions social and cultural approaches to cycling, and organises an annual Symposium, the 7th of which is to be held at Oxford University in September 2010. Dave is co-editor (with Paul Rosen and Peter Cox) of Cycling and Society (Ashgate, 2007), and is currently undertaking qualitative research exploring cultures of cycling and non-cycling across four English cities.

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