According to the Galway City Health and Wellbeing Survey conducted in 2008 only about 6% of the residents of Galway travel to work, school, or college via bicycle. Increasing this percentage would have a number of positive health and environmental consequences. However, increasing this number will require both public education and public policy changes designed to enable and encourage cycling. The overall goal of this survey was to understand how supportive the public is of policies that would eventually increase the number of cyclists in Galway.
Galway city residents were surveyed to examine their support for a number of public policies that would promote and enable cycling. These policies were identified using comprehensive international reviews examining the effects of policy programs on the likelihood of cycling. Examples of successful policies include projects similar to the Dublin Bike Scheme (See www.dublinbikes.ie/), speed restrictions in the city centre, and improved transportation infrastructure for cycling.