I Want To Ride My Bicycle



Yesterday evening.

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Further scenes from Dublin Cycling Campaign‘s reclaim the streets rally where cyclists, including Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD (pic 6) and Green Dublin City Councillor Ciaran Cuffe (above in suit), called for more of the Government’s transport funding to be steered towards better cycling infrastructure in the capital.

In fairness.

Last night: Ring Ring

Previously: Two Wheels Good


43 thoughts on “I Want To Ride My Bicycle

  1. moould

    all for cycling but putting your kids in a box on a bike and cycling through rush hour traffic is verging on abuse

    1. Gorev Mahagut

      I’m all on for motoring but propelling yourself, alone, through the city in a polluting metal box, without due regard for pedestrians and cyclists, because you’re too lazy to cycle or too self-important to take the bus, is verging on abusive.

    2. Yeah, Ok

      I know people who shoot a metal box full of their kids right across the country at 120km/h.

    3. Sheik Yahbouti

      Ah, fuppiit, Mould, let them – I really am weary of this faux ‘debate’ at this stage. There really is no point in arguing with them at this stage – the fix is in – if you know what I mean! :-D

  2. Grouse

    While I support this demonstration, Broadsheet’s second post about this—with no new information, just a bunch new photos—seems to suggest that maybe we all didn’t argue enough yesterday evening to satisfy their minimum required pageviews for an argument-baiting cycling post.

    1. newsjustin

      Maybe if the cyclists were also repealing something at the same time? Maybe that would have helped. As long as none of them are wearing leather jackets.

    1. postmanpat

      Motorists take more notice & care with cyclists who aren’t wearing a helmet and the cyclist themselves aren’t deluded into thinking they will be safe just because they are wearing one. I don’t wear a helmet for those reasons , I know a hit from a car can kill me with or without a helmet so I chose to reduce the chance of getting hit in the first place. also I heard the extra weight (as light as they are) multiplied by the acceleration of a fall can add to a greater brain damage. less cuts and grazes on your face but your still dead. I’m not vain about how my corpse looks.

      1. Murtle

        Nonsense. A helmet will absorb and dissipate the force when your head hits the ground / wall / lamp post etc. Without a helmet your skull will take the full impact. So its a choice between a cracked skull or a cracked €40 helmet.

        1. postmanpat

          no, your shoulder will take a lot of it, (unless the extra width of the helmet causes your head to hit the ground sooner than where it might not have w/o a helmet ) either way, your brain impacts the inside of your skull and/or your necks broken. Your more likely to be hit by a careless motorist if your wearing a helmet. There’s a reason why they are not legally required No one knows for sure what the answer is.

  3. Gorev Mahagut

    Bear in mind that motorists don’t need to protest because they benefit from the lobbying activities of multinational motoring corporations (whose proven history of emission-test cheating shows a certain, shall we say, “flexibility” towards obeying the law). Cyclists, on the other hand, are just citizens.

  4. bored with morons

    Let’s charge VRT on bicycles and an annual road tax.

    I see the two tools from the Green Party refusing to wear helmets in case they wouldn’t be spotted.

      1. Praetorian

        So we’ll call it a bicycle tax…or tax on a self propelled two wheel vehicle…or a tax to use the same infastructure that other road users pay on their vehicles to use the roads…or…i dont know…maybe just simplify to road tax.

        1. Faecal Matters

          I feel there should be mandatory castration for every single person who gets into online flaming with the automated psychlo-bots

        2. Norbet Cooper

          A mandatory bicycle registration system imprinted on the bike frame for people over 15 using public roads would help combat theft by identifying rightful owner and contribute to the wonderful cycling infrastructure of Ireland of the future by the small annual fee that cyclist would be only so happy to give.

          1. Djin Genie


            I’ve often thought the same. Such a scheme would help to legitimise bikes as vehicles with equal rights to the road. Also, the minority of bad cyclists would pull fewer illegal moves knowing that they were more easily identifiable, plus it would be easier to report the few who did cycle dangerously.

          2. medieval knievel

            Djin Genie – help to legitimised there’s no question of legitimacy, cycling is perfectly legitimate as it is; or do you mean to do this for the benefit of motorists? i.e. we should tax cyclists to make motorists feel better about themselves?

            most bikes have serial numbers anyway. the gardai have a (free!) registration system for this already in place.

          3. Martin Heavy-Guy

            As long as a fee here remains ‘small’, but I would worry, as with road tax, that this would be just another opportunity for an untrustworthy government to take advantage of people in another way.

            Cyclists cause relatively little damage to the roads, compared to heavy industry and cars, and I love this idea if it would be used just to pay for cycling infrastructure.

    1. medieval knievel

      your motor tax is calculated based on the tailpipe emissions from your car.

      what’s that, scooby? bicycles don’t have emissions?

      1. Bruncvik

        My bicycle runs at around 25 miler per a 12oz steak. Ask Mary Robinson how much that is in emissions.

        (But seriously, as a walker and the occasional Dublin Bikes user, I think a road tax for cyclists is just the beginning of a slippery slope to have runners and walkers taxed for the use of footpaths.)

      2. Djin Genie

        Hmm, no reply button to above thread for some reason.

        Motorists often treat cyclists’ rights as inferior: there’s a dangerous and deep-seated perception that they’re a kind of pedestrians with wheels, subservient to the rest of traffic. Cycling is indeed fluid and versatile and occupies a unique space between driving and walking. A licencing system, with legible licence plates front and back, would bring cycling more visibly into the realm of vehicles. A reg plate would be a constant visual reminder, both to motorists and cyclists (especially the underconfident and the reckless) that bicycles are part of the flow of traffic, making all road users take cycling more seriously i.e. further legitimising bicycle rights in the minds of road users.

  5. Fully Keen

    Most of Dublin is not made for bicycles to share a road with cars.

    Ban bikes or cars.

    Why anybody would cycle in Dublin is beyond me.

    1. edalicious

      It’s the cheapest and, more often than not, quickest way to get around the city. Why more people DON’T cycle is beyond me.

    2. Feidlim MacSásta

      “Most of Dublin is not made for bicycles to share a road with cars.”

      It was ‘made’ for neither.

    3. Martin Heavy-Guy

      “Why anybody would cycle in Dublin is beyond me.”

      The simple answer, for me, began with how I couldn’t afford to pay €80+ per month to take a bus, and I can’t afford city-centre rent to live near my work. The bicycle costs me about €100 per year in parts and service.

      And now that I’ve been commuting by bike for two years I can’t imagine any other commute. It takes me 25 minutes to do a journey that would be over one hour by bus or car in rush-hour traffic (and I don’t run red lights), and I feel good: exercise before and after work every day guaranteed, rain or shine. I’ve learned to live with the aggression and the risks and wouldn’t substitute it even if I got a pay-rise. But I would love to be able to feel safe on that commute, and I really hope the infrastructure is put in place.

        1. Martin Heavy-Guy

          I just carry a change of clothes (and leave some at work sometimes). Don’t feel I need a shower after the morning cycle – I take it easy on the cycle route.

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