Dangerous Curves

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Dublin Cycling tweetz:

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.

gwhite addz:

This one at the Coombe is also slightly off camber and treacherous when turning left with busses bearing down on you.

40 thoughts on “Dangerous Curves

  1. JuniperBerry

    Maybe Dublin Cycling could advise it’s followers to adhere to the rules of the road while they’re at it, just a thought.

    1. Mr. Camomile T

      The written or unwritten rules?
      Like “Amber = Go faster” and “Red = Three more cars” or just the rules that people who drive think other people should adhere to?
      “Do as I say, not as I do.”

      1. Anomanomanom

        The difference,if there is an accident involving the idiot driver who breaks the rules, will more than likely seriously injury the idiot cyclists who breaks the rules with them. I cycle and the amount of cyclists that have shouted at me for stopping at red lights and inadvertently blocking them from ploughing through.

      2. JuniperBerry

        That’s quite an assumption you’ve made with both your comments – I’m required to adhere to certain rules whether I’m driving or cycling, I also drive/cycle according to the conditions I’m faced with – if I drove the way a lot of cyclists use the road I’d rightly be arrested for dangerous driving – cyclists may be one of the most vulnerable groups on the road, they are also the ones (that I see) taking the most risks – no war intended here – just an observation

        1. edalicious

          I think the main issue with your observation is that when cyclists take part in risky behaviour, they’re mostly putting themselves at risk; when drivers do it, they’re mostly risking everyone around them.

        2. Nigel

          Addressing the behaviours of cyclists and improving the physical infrastructure would both improve safety in general. This is also true for motorists and pedestrians. You don’t have to respond with hostility to cyclists in general whenever a dangerous piece of infrastructure is highlighted. It achieves nothing in terms of road safety.

          1. Go A Way

            IT makes little internet man think he’s some kind of LION or ELEPHANT or great majestic gazelle though Nigel. Probably.

  2. Increasing Displacement

    You’re taking the corner too fast then, cycle as the conditions dictate
    Motorbikers have dealt with these problems for ever

  3. Mr. Camomile T

    I don’t think anyone who doesn’t cycle will have a clue what this article is about!
    (Metal manhole covers are a hazard for cyclists, especially when wet. They’re also installed willy nilly, without regard for people on bikes, and are often poorly maintained with lots of degradation around the edges, creating further slip or puncture hazards.)

  4. mikier

    I run/cycle this way in and out of work, the cars to the right in the first photo on Sheriff Street are always parked on a footpath and hanging over the cycle track blocking it. Why are cars allowed to just park like that on a footpath/Cycle lane? Gardaí always ignore it.

    Also that bend to the left should have double yellows all the way around.

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          You’ve won the Miss Congeniality award.

          Congratulations, your Top Prize! is in the post. Watch out for the carrier pigeon.

          It’s coming for you.

          1. Nigel

            OH MY GOD A PIGEON JUST DROPPED A TIARA ON MY HEAD
            Oh hang on that’s not a pigeon it’s a crow.
            That’s not a tiara.
            BRB having a shower.

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            You got your prize? Fantastic. Just don’t feed it after midnight and you’re all good to go.

    1. edalicious

      Dangerous road conditions for cyclists is almost certainly more of a developing world problem than a first world one.

  5. Christopher

    Dont forget all the cars parked in the bus and cycle lane directly after that corner on Cork Street dropping their kids off to the school and montessori- that road is never free of parked cars in the year I have lived there. Never saw a cop there once.

  6. Andrew

    It must have been mayhem when there were more cobbled streets and tram lines back in the fifties.
    How did cyclists manage back then? Did they just get on with it?

  7. mildred st. meadowlark

    Less traffic would have been rather a factor, I imagine.

    Not nearly as many cars on the roads.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        Fair point.

        Moving at much slower speeds, though. None of the cars would have been as fast or powerful as today’s vehicles are. And the there is higher number of people living and traveling to Dublin on a daily.

        However, I have to say, the cobblestones must have been a pain to deal with altogether.

        1. Go A Way

          There were wider wheels and more robust frames back then, in addition city dwellers had shorter distances to travel by bike

  8. LeopoldGloom

    You need to learn to take the lane, and not stick close to the kerb. More cyclists who do this, the better they’ll find it.

    1. Sam

      ^this. Cyclist with reasonable fitness can easily keep up with city traffic, so should be in the middle of the lane, not over in the drain holes and out of the narrowed field of vision of those afflicted by MGIF syndrome.

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