Dublin Cycling Campaign tweetz:

A couple of weeks ago we asked people about how the new Luas tracks have affected the safety of cycling in Dublin City centre. These are the results.

MORE: Luas Tracks And Cycle Injuries (Dublin Cycling) (warning: gruesome)

22 thoughts on “Luas Slips

  1. Clampers Outside!

    Slow down.

    Learn to cycle with confidence, before cycling in the city.

    If you haven’t been on a bike in a while, Dublin bikes are heavy and cumbersome, and you definitely should go slow.

    Learn to look behind you while cycling. Your arm is not a magic wand.

    I cycle everyday. I break rules sometimes.

    If you think Luas tracks are not for you, go around them. Yeah, it’s a little longer, but you don’t mind that do you, you’re on a bike like… :)

    Stay safe and have a lovely Friday.

    1. Increasing Displacement

      This.

      This tracks can be easily crossed with adequate care and at the correct speed and angle.

      Saw some comments on the Dublin Cycling Campaign twitter that just lend to alienating cyclists from population.
      One claiming someone should get 150k for breaking a leg cycling into Luas tracks.

      150k for cycling into an inanimate object.
      Must remember that one.

    2. edalicious

      It’s in a real mickey of a place to go around though; the nearest alternative bridges to cross the Liffey are at Christchurch and Tara St going Northbound and the IFSC and Capel St going Southbound. That’s a pretty huge chunk of city to have to avoid and could massively increase the distance of short trips in the City.

      Not a problem for me though, I’m well used to them at this stage, but I can totally understand why people would be kicking up a fuss about it, considering advice was sought by the council during the planning process, recommendations were made and then completely ignored.

    3. Harry Molloy

      That’s why I will never cycle in the city, couldn’t ever do so with confidence!

      Oh for the country lanes and the high nelly of my youth

        1. Harry Molloy

          oh my sweet summer child, I wish it were a woman but I had to wait until my late twenties before I would ride one of those. I refer to an type of aul bike you might see leaning agin’ a stone wall in Connemara

          1. realPolithicks

            “I wish it were a woman but I had to wait until my late twenties before I would ride one of those”

            You silver tonged devil you…

  2. On The Buses

    Considering this poll was taken in a group for angry self righteous cyclists we can all rest easy that it is of no consequence.

    1. The Bad Ambassador

      +1

      An alternative wording might have been “how has the cross city Luas affected the chip on your shoulder”.
      (a) It’s about the same
      (b) It has increased a little
      (c) it increases by several orders of magnitude every single day

      I don’t deny that cyclists have plenty to gripe about – I cycle 20-ish km each way to work twice a week – but you get the impression the Dublin cycling campaign won’t be happy until all other traffic bows to the bicycle’s superiority and we cover everything in bubble wrap!

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        How long does that take you?? I cycle around 8km each way. The cycle home kills me as it’s a gradual incline pretty much the whole way. I was wrecked last night, cycling into the wind the whole way. I was RAGING as I went along, railing against Irish weather.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            My immediate reaction was to clench them. Though to be honest, that’s often my reaction when reading some of your posts here.

        1. The Bad Ambassador

          An hour-ish in the morning. An 1 hour 20-ish in the evening when II have a days work under my belt and I’m going more uphill than downhill (Though the wife insists it’s downhill both ways)

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            That’s a really decent cycle. I’d be too tired to work if I’d to cycle 20k in the morning.
            Do you listen to music or radio or something? I spend a lot of time rehearsing arguments with people: my main gripe is people I pass out when cycling who then pull up in front of me at traffic lights then take off slowly again. I HATE those guys. I’m angry even thinking about those thoughtless fuppers.

          2. edalicious

            They are the absolute worst, Andyourp. Not OP but I’ve started listening to podcasts on my commute in. Entertaining enough but they’re sparse enough so they don’t interfere with your situational awareness too much.

          3. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Yup. You’re probably right. I won’t listen to Adam Buxton though as I get too involved with his podcasts and songs.
            Iiiiiiiiiiiii added one more podcast to the giant podcast bin
            Maybe some Desert Island Discs.

  3. A person

    Let’s ban all trams just because cyclists don’t like them, and probably buses, trucks, all HGVs. Jesus wept, Dublin Bikes really do need some PR lessons. I’m a cyclist and cannot stand this crap.

  4. nellyb

    Other cyclists, would you stop whining and start pressuring your councils and tds for dublin metro.
    You know, them magic trains that run underground. They really do run underground, like worms or snakes. Absolute magic. Don’t know how it works, but it’s been figured out 150 years ago.

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