37 thoughts on “Free The Cycle Lanes

  1. edalicious

    I often wish I could just kick wing mirrors off cars that force me into traffic by parking illegally in cycle lanes.

    1. postmanpat

      Don’t wish it, do it! I know I do, not every car (it be at it all day) but the ones parked wayyyy out from the path at an angle are fair game. a swift bang to the driver side panel with my u-lock sometimes too, especially if it’s a rand rover , jeep, or jeep shaped suv, driven by some auldone. “its my hasbands cor, i’m not used to porking it”

  2. medieval knievel

    try cycling through ballymun any time of the day. despite the fact there is a cycle lane there in operation most of the day, you usually get at least five cars parked in it. outside the garda station.

  3. oblongo

    I’ve given up on trying to highlight this – the gards don’t care and have no willingness / capacity to enforce safety infrastructure for cyclists. Just try and look after yourself and take the entire lane for safety.

    1. Increasing Displacement

      “take the entire lane for safety” – then you’re as big a bumhole as those drivers parked like that

      1. Sam

        Not at all. Cyclists are entitled to cycle in the middle of the lane, it is either out of fear, or courtesy that they cycle close to the kerb. In the city centre, traffic is not that fast, and if a cyclist is staying out from the door zone, and needs to hold the lane to prevent a dangerous overpass at a pinch point, then it’s not illegal or stupid to do so, and the delay to the driver is not significant, because he’s just going to arrive at the next red light at the same time anyway.

        1. Increasing Displacement

          So 12 year old or 65 year old Bert or Betty is out for a cycle on a Tuesday evening on the quays, they cycle at 12kmph. But yes they are fully entitled to take the whole lane and slow down a city.

          Typical cyclist.

          1. oblongo

            in the absence of ensuring that cycle lanes are kept free of obstructions which is the whole point of this article, then yes – they are absolutely entitled to do so.

      2. Kevin

        When passing parked vehicles you have to leave about 1.5m in case a door opens, or the vehicle pulls out, or someone darts out from in front of it. This alone may put you, the cyclist, in the middle of the traffic lane. If it doesn’t, you next have to ask yourself if there’s room for traffic in the lane to safely overtake you. If there isn’t, you should *definitely* take the lane, to prevent traffic passing you unsafely.

        This is all legal and above board – and it’s the safe and correct thing to do.

  4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    Meh. I don’t care about that. At least they’re stationary so they can’t knock you down. I’m more worried about cars which drive too close to cycle lanes and people who feel that by indicating, they have the right to turn left.

    1. Caroline™

      Eh once you start indicating you only have 5 seconds to make the turn or the road becomes lava.

      That’s why it’s safest not to indicate at all.

  5. Jonjo

    Looks like the beginning of parking just under the wheels of the first van? Also there is no red tarmac between the 2nd van and the truck.

    Does the cycle lane begin just after the sign?

    1. Susan the Silent

      The cycle track runs without interruption from Lower Leeson Street to Cuffe Street. However, there are numerous road repairs that run through the cycle track and were not returned to its red colour. The white paint denotes parking outside of cycle track hours.

  6. CousinJack

    On the other hand, what about the cyclists who refuse to use the cycle lanes on the Stillorgan Dual Carriageway and delay 1,000s of bus commuters every day.

    1. Kevin

      Ah, whataboutery.

      When wondering why cyclists aren’t using a lane, keep in mind that most cyclists would prefer to be in safe, segregated lanes, so when they avoid them there’s usually a good reason.

      Cycle lanes are sometimes in an awful state; sometimes they break every few hundred metres; sometimes they conflict with pedestrians, bus stops, etc.; sometimes they make negotiating junctions unsafe for cyclists themselves.

    2. Bonkers

      Perfectly legal for bikes to cycle on the road if they so wish. If the council would clear cyclelanes of glass and grit then cyclists might use them. But until then cyclelanes mounted on footpaths usually mean punctures, therefore they are not usable

  7. wearnicehats

    Daily cycling whinge. Cyclists won’t be happy until everything bar bicycles are banned from the city. Blah blah blah. Get over yourselves.

    1. Paps

      Electric cars should be free. Charges for Jeeps, SUVS and single occupant vehicles.
      Bans on trucks in city centre

  8. Turgenev

    This would stop if the clampers had permission to let the air out of one wheel of any car that parks in a cycle lane…

  9. Protectthe8th

    When cyclists start paying road tax then they can complain

    Also this photo was taken at 6.30 in the morning. The cycle lane doesn’t open until 7am – but never let facts get in the way of a good rabble.

    1. Sam

      The sun came up around quarter to eight, and you say the photo is from over an hour before that?
      Yeah, that photo clearly taken before sunrise, was it?

      Cyclists do pay the appropriate amount of motor tax. Nobody in this country is paying Road tax.

      What was that about facts?

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