Trinity is working with the National Transport Authority to make Smarter Travel easier for students and staff. We aim to make walking, cycling, using public transport or car pooling a simpler option for people.
New to Cycling? Great FREE Buddy Service to Show You the Ropes!
If you're new to cycling and would like a bit of help, Bike Buddy has two Trinity based buddies who can help you with things like
- Selecting the best route
- Information on local cycle routes
- Tips on riding safely in traffic, in different environments and in different weather conditions.
Does bike theft put you off cycling? As part of the Smarter Travel Trinity initiative, Peter Hyland from Communications went to speak to the University’s head of security Michael Murray to get better insight into the issue and some tips for individuals to prevent their bikes being stolen.
How Prevalent is Bike Theft in Trinity?
The first thing Michael said, you will be glad to know was that within Trinity bike theft is not that prevalent. We all know that within Dublin it is a big issue but on campus with so many people around, security personnel, CCTV and a walled campus your bike is safer here. That said bicycle theft does happen on campus. So here is a breakdown of our conversation under key headings.
As Trinity Security having direct communication with the Gardaí, I asked him to tell me how the thieves operate so we can get a better idea of what to look out for. There are two types of thieves he says, the opportunists who steal your bike when you leave it unlocked for a minute and those that plan it, the “professionals” as he calls them. No surprise there, however he then went on to tell me that some of them use kids that could be aged between 6-10 to scout out what bikes are good to steal, reporting back the make of the bike, location and what lock is being used. Kids being messengers to bike thieves, cunning, but thankfully rare on campus.
I can’t imagine a thief with a tracksuit hoody and bolt cutters on front square snipping a lock getting very far so the next question I ask him was do they disguise themselves? Absolutely he responds saying they could be dressed casually like a student wearing a back-pack or cap to disguise their face.
These “professionals”, being experts in their field can use anything from bolt cutters, hacksaws, freeon gas (lowers the temperature to make it brittle and smashable), car jacks, battery powered angle grinders to disenable locks. It is amazing how quickly these guys are, 2 seconds with a battery powered hand held angle grinder or sliding a mini car jack in between a U-lock and expand it until it snaps and they are away. However these methods do make noise so they will probably choose a bike in a quiet area.
So what can you do to make it more difficult for the thieves? Firstly don’t spend any less than €50 or €60 on locks especially if you have a valuable bike. He then advised people to buy two different types of locks, park you bike in an exposed area if you can and place the lock at the top of the bike so in order to cut or break the lock the thief is more exposed.
Bike number and photograph: Record and store your bike number and a very clear photo of your bike on your phone or laptop so that if your bike is stolen it is a much easier job for the Gardaí to find it and you can also make it difficult for them to sell it by reporting it on social media and done deal. Tell all your friends your bike was stolen on Facebook and Twitter with a photo of your bike and ask your friends to share it. Also make sure you report your stolen bike to security, they can check college CCTV and inform the Gardaí.
What security is doing?
Trinity College and Security are constantly upgrading our CCTV systems and getting more information from the Gardaí regarding the profiling of thieves and the new ways in which they try to take your bikes so they can combat them before they get it. They are also going to create awareness of bike theft through the hand out of leaflets they have already printed and will be distributing soon.
Do you want to win prizes, get more active and have fun with your work mates? Sign up to the Pedometer Challenge now and start stepping! This year the Pedometer Challenge will start on Wednesday 11th September and end on Tuesday 8th October.
One lucky winner will win a place on the Irish Heart Foundation European walk in 2014. Other fantastic prizes including tablets, kindles, shopping vouchers, iPod shuffles and challenge mugs are also up for grabs!
For here in Trinity, Trinity Sports are giving away TCD goodie bags to the top three teams.
To find out more about the prizes visit www.smartertravelworkplaces.ie/pedometer-challenge/prizes/
How do I take part?
Get together with your workmates and form a team of 3-6 people. Give your team a name and choose a Team Captain. Your Team Captain will be the main point of contact for your team and will register your team online, purchase pedometers and log steps online on behalf of the team.
What if I don't have a team?
If you don't have a team but would like to take part, contact the Trinity Co-ordinator Deirdre Mullen on 8964681 or email: email@example.com
How to register teams?
Team Captains can register their team by setting up an Active Travel Logger account. Only the Team Captain needs to have an account for this challenge.
If you are a Team Captain and you already have an Active Travel Logger account, you can enter your Pedometer Challenge team details by logging in, clicking on ‘My Personal Details’ and filling in the ‘Pedometer Challenge’ tab. The Team Captains will log the team steps at least once a week or you can also log daily if preferred. Further information on logging steps will be provided to Team Captains before the Challenge begins.
Where do I get a pedometer?
If you need to purchase a pedometer, your Team Captain can buy them on behalf of your team through www.pedometerchallenge.ie , using PayPal. The Team Captain will print off their receipt from PayPal and give it to Deirdre Mullen in exchange for the pedometers they have paid for.
Team Captains will need a credit or debit card to complete this purchase. Pedometers cost €10 each, with a portion of each sale going to the Irish Heart Foundation. For more information about this year’s pedometer visit www.smartertravelworkplaces.ie/pedometer-challenge/this-years-pedometer/
Step logbooks will be available with your pedometer, or you can download one from www.smartertravelworkplaces.ie/pedometer-challenge/resourceslinks/
Once the Challenge begins, you will need to wear your pedometer every day and keep a record of your steps daily for the 4 weeks of the Challenge in your step logbook. On a daily or weekly basis Team Captains will log steps on behalf of their team on Active Travel Logger. Team Captains can ‘back log’ steps for up to one week.
If you're looking for some ideas for where to go walking, Dublin City Council's Let's Walk and Talk walks might be of interest. More details here.
The Fashion Society would most definitely not approve of the outfits in these videos but to high viz/helmet or not is a whole other debate. Some great information on how to keep yourself safe on the road. Might surprise you.
Some good information on cyclings and drivers sharing the road here.
Get your bike repaired or serviced halfway between the Cricket pitch and the Rugby pitch in the main Trinity campus. Details of the day the Spokesman is onsite are here.
The Leap Student Travel Card can be used by students as an ID to buy special student travel tickets as well as to pay-as-you-go for travel in the Dublin area by topping up with travel credit and using it like a Leap Card.
More information and an application form can be found on www.studenttravelcard.ie
An easy way to plan personal journeys, door-to-door, anywhere in Ireland, using public transport and/or walking. The National Journey Planner is unlike anything seen in Ireland before:
- It’s national – covering all 26 counties, plus stops from RoI services in Northern Ireland
- It’s multi-operator, with bus, rail, tram, taxis and ferries included – private operators as well as the CIE companies.
- It has a huge scope, with 9,600 bus stops across Ireland included, 750 different routes, 152 train stations, and route and timetable information from 120 different transport providers.
- It gives fully mapped-out route information, printable timetables and details of overall journey times – all in one place
- “Advanced Settings” feature allow you to set your own preferred walking time and speed, your willingness to make interchanges between services, or any preference for one travel mode over others
In 2011, Trinity installed approximately 40 additional Sheffield Hoops under the viaduct at the Sports Centre. We are working with Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority on an on-going basis to obtain more.
Bike to Work Scheme
Human resources open the Bike to Work scheme for applications in January with vouchers issued in March. To find out more click here.
Travel Tax Saver Scheme
Information on the Travel Tax Scheme can be viewed here.
We’re surrounded by Dublin Bikes here in Trinity. This excerpt from Capital D capture what a success the scheme is. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to cycling in Dublin at a low cost.
For information on how to sign up go to www.dublinbikes.ie
Cycling and Heavy Goods Vehicles
Big trucks and little bikes don’t always mix. Check out this video by the Road Safety Authority about how to keep yourself safe on your bike.
This leaflet by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council also has some useful information in it. http://www.dlrsportspartnership.ie/images/docs/Bike_Week_brochure.website.pdf
The Smarter Travel Trinity Initiative is managed by a committee of Trinity staff and students. It includes representatives from Students Union, Health Promotion, the Sports Centre, Facililities, Human Resources, Security, the Environmental and Green Society, Communications and St James's Campus Committee. It is being run in association with the National Transport Authority's Smarter Travel Workplaces Initiative.
Trinity’s Smarter Travel initiative was launched on Thursday 10th of November 2011 at 1pm on Front Square. The Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague and the President of the Students’ Union, Ryan Bartlett all spoke about the Smarter Travel Initiative and Trinity College’s involvement in it. A sleek Felt Bike donated by EuroCycles, a voucher for two for Restaurant 1592 and a gorgeous BEAR Bicycle donated by GreenAer on Pearse Street were all given away on the day. The event was a great success, really well attended and showed how much support there is for Smarter Travel in College.
Trinity's own Prof. Iggy McGovern (School of Physics) wrote this poem about bicycling!
O Lord, preserve me on my bike
From theft and from insurance hike
From all the motoring Sons of Psych
From buses to (and from) Klondyke
From joggers powered up by Nike
From prams containing someone’s tyke
From potholes, tramlines and the like
From wind and rain and lightning strike
From glass and nail and marlin spike
From dog and cat and crow and shrike
Preserve me, for the love of Mike!
Prof. Iggy McGovern (1 May 2004)
Actions to Date
College-Wide Survey: Based on the results of the Trinity-wide survey completed by all staff and students, we've taken the actions below. To see the survey, click here.
Bike Repair: The Spokesman offers mobile bike repair halfway between the Cricket pitch and the Rugby pitch in the main Trinity campus. You can see what day he's there by checking out his calendar here.
Pedometer Challenge: Trinity took part in the National Transport Authority's Pedometer Challenge in September. Nine teams from College 'virtually' walked to some warmer and drier destinations including Lake Como in Italy, Cannes, Monaco, Hawaii and Long Island Beach in New York without leaving the country! What's more, a chocolate bar index which measures in chocolate bars how many calories our participants burned by walking or cycling instead of driving shows that they used the equivalent of 1,719 bars of chocolate! Well done to all who took part! Listed below are figures that relate to the number of drive alone car journeys that were substituted by walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing.
Bike Parking Facilities: In 2011, Trinity installed approximately 40 additional Sheffield Hoops under the viaduct at the Sports Centre.
Cycle Challenge: Our inaugural Spinathon in aid of C.R.O.S.S. took place in July. Over 80 people took part in this cycle challenge in the Sports Centre. Some chose to do one hour, and others tried to go the full distance. This was a great event getting some people on to a bike for the first time.
Tax Saver Schemes: Human resources offer Tax Saver Schemes on travel passes in November and July. More details available here.
Bike to Work Scheme: Approximately 100 people per annum avail of the Bike to Work scheme run by HR. Details above.
On Your Bike - Safe Cycling Workshop
If you are a bit leery about commuting to college on that shiny new bike then this basic cycling skills session might be for you! It is designed for those who are a bit fearful of using their bike to commute to college.
You will learn about road positioning, signalling, overtaking parked cars, making eye-contact with drivers and riding with competence, confidence and consistency.
We’ll point you to useful web-based instructional videos and John Franklin’s book: ‘Cyclecraft’.
Our TCD-based Instructors (Mike McKillen & Damien O’Tuama) are qualified to UK National Standards cycling skills syllabus (DfT).
When is it?
Monday 18th February at 1 o'clock in the Sports Centre. Meet at 12.50 at the goods lift door of the Sports Centre. It's in the pedestrian walkway opposite the entrance of the Science Gallery.
Who is this course for?
This pilot course is for staff of Trinity College Dublin.
What do I need to bring?
You will need your bike – meet at the goods lift doors opposite the Science Gallery entrance to the Sports Centre at 12:50. You will be escorted to 1st floor Hall. Please wear trainers/runners.
How do I book?
You will need to quote your staff ID to book a place. You can book as follows:
By email: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By phone: Ring the Sports Centre reception desk on 01 8961812
In person: Speak to the reception team in the Sports Centre
Places are limited so book early!
Bike Week Lecture in Trinity
As part of Bike Week 2013, there'll be a lecture on lessons from cycling in Berlin in the Edmund Burke theatre. All welcome. A full bike week schedule is available here.
Do You Love to Cycle? Convert Your Friends!
If you love to cycle or have been meaning to get on your bike, we've a great opportunity for you get cycling while winning prizes. With our partners the National Transport Authority, Smarter Travel Trinity is running a 10 Minute Cycle Challenge.
- Get into a team of 3-6 people
- New and experience cylists are welcome
- Collect points for every journey over 10 minutes
- Win prizes worth over €5,000!
The Challenge runs from the 5th to the 25th of June. Why not set up a team of friends or colleagues and see if you can be the best in Trinity!
Walk 30 minutes a day from the 3rd to the 7th of March to get fitter, win prizes, have fun with your friends and represent Trinity.
Prizes, prizes and more prizes!
If you and your friends would like to win prizes like a HP Slate 7", eReaders and daily spot prizes all you have to do is:
- Find two other people for your team who can walk for 30 minutes every day from the 3rd-7th March.
- Register your team here with the National Transport Authority
- Get walking and register you and your group's activity every day of the challenge.
Do It For Trinity
If prizes don't interest you, would pride in your college encourage you? Trinity is competing against over ten other colleges around the country. Get as many people as you can involved to help us be the best college for walking in Ireland.