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.
On the left is a cycle lane running along Thomas Street to James’s Street. I counted 18 cars parked in it this morning. The same cars are parked there all day everyday, even though there is a paid carpark on the left.
That road is so dangerous now with the increase in rerouted bus traffic and the increase in traffic from the on-going works in James’s hospital.
You also have to deal with the cars being over the white lines and the cars and buses being forced into your path by the traffic island on the right.
And all that before having to deal with the hell which is the James’s Street Luas tracks just ahead.
An ill-advised new @AIBIreland advert (aimed at young drivers) includes a scene depicting an angry encounter with a cyclist clad in pink lycra, suggesting that this is a rite of passage for new drivers. Hey @AskAIB, we need to talk…
Minister for Transport Shane Ross with junior minister Ciaran Cannon at the formal handing over of a submission about Minimum Passing Distance Law (MPDL) to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport (JCT).from cycling bodies in Ireland, including (pic 2) Ernestine Woelger from Skerries Cycling Club with Vice-President of European Cyclist Federation Dr. Damien O Tuama
The number of cyclist fatalities (15 dead) increased by 50% in 2017.
Q: "Why don't more kids in Ireland cycle to school?" A: Complete indifference by the motorist towards cycle infrastructure means its just too dangerous to; a self fulfilling prophecy. Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig this morning pic.twitter.com/wj4YHkdaJ8
This one on the corner of Guild Street gives me nightmares when it’s wet. The combination of the bend, parked cars, door zone, wet steel, upcoming junction and drivers trying to overtake on the bend to make the lights makes it a worrisome spot.
“In 2012, before Luas Cross City construction began, the NTA commissioned a report on the integration of cycling & trams. Here are that report’s recommendations. Nowhere in the report is a ban or “dismount” of cyclists recommended or even referenced. Nowhere.”