Cycling is undergoing a renaissance in Ireland. In 2011, the modal share of cycling increased for the first time since the 1980s. Smarter Travel policy has set a target to increase cycling to 10% of all trips by 2020. Third Level Institutions-due to their size, centralised organisation, ease of communication with a wide range of demographic profiles, age profile, educating role and proximity to cities and suburbs-are ideally placed to promote Smarter Travel, particularly cycling. However, in NUI Galway, for example, around 30% of students and 70% of staff still drive to campus.
More than 2000 people cycle to NUI Galway daily and it is envisaged this figure will rise to over 3000 cyclists by 2014. To ensure that this target is achieved and facilitated, adequate infrastructure and services are required. Campus travel patterns are influenced by both oncampus and off-campus infrastructure provision. In Galway City, a range of cycle friendly infrastructure has been built or improved in the past year. This includes the provision of raised cycle lanes on some of the major roads leading from the east and west to NUI Galway. Furthermore, a cycle and pedestrian bridge combined with a greenway running through campus will ensure that NUI Galway is served by cycling infrastructure from four directions.