To a silent die-in “to protest deaths of people who cycle” outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 tomorrow at 6pm.
Mike McKillen writes:
This past week has seen the tragic killing of a young person cycling on Dublin roads, bringing the total number of cyclists killed this year to 5.
2017 was the deadliest year for people who cycle in Ireland with 15 deaths, the highest in 10 years.
The issue of safe streets is not just affecting people who cycle; 14 pedestrians have already lost their lives this year. It is worth noting that 2017 had the lowest number of fatalities for people in motorised vehicles in over a decade.
I BIKE Dublin and Dublin Cycling Campaign are conducting a silent demonstration tomorrow outside Leinster House at 6pmto express their sorrow and anger at this latest death on Irish roads, and to call on the government to invest in safer streets as a matter of urgency.
We are calling on the Government for –
A minimum of 10% of transport budget allocated for safe cycling and walking
Better design of cycling and walking infrastructure, especially at junctions where people are forced to interact with motor vehicles.
“As with the two previous indexes, this year offers surprises. Copenhagen and Amsterdam continue to dominate, but new cities storm into the top 20 at the expense of others. Buenos Aires stomps the competition and nails the South American continent, at the expense of Rio de Janeiro, which seems to have lost interest. Europe continues to have a strong presence, though Germany is slacking—Berlin falls, Munich slips off the list entirely, and Hamburg is hanging on by a thread.”
The third Copenhagenize Design Company’s Index of bike friendly cities. The top 20 out of 122 are presented at link below.
Dublin is 15th.
Down five places on 2014.
Choosing substandard infrastructure along the quays is not exactly the way to go. The bike-share program rocks, but now a comprehensive network and bicycle strategy should be developed and followed to the letter….
Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe will unveil the seven cycling offences that will be subject to fixed charge notices.
Offences now the subject of €40 fines are:
1. Cyclist driving a pedal cycle without reasonable consideration. 2. No front lamp or rear lamp lit during lighting-up hours on a pedal cycle. 3. Cyclist proceeding into a pedestrianised street or area. 4. Cyclist proceeding past traffic lights when the red lamp is illuminated. 5. Cyclist proceeding past cycle traffic lights when red lamp is lit. 6. Cyclist failing to stop for a School Warden sign. 7. Cyclist proceeding beyond a stop line, barrier or half barrier at a railway level crossing, swing bridge or lifting bridge, when the red lamps are flashing.