Free The Quays


A traffic survey carried out by the Dublin Cycling Campaign on Ormonde Quay, Dublin 1  (top) last week has revealed how popular cycling has become for people commuting into the city centre, despite the lack of dedicated cycling infrastructure.

Last week, a man’s leg was crushed beneath a bus as he cycled across Butt Bridge towards Custom House Quay while another man was seriously injured on Monday when he was knocked down while cycling along Usher’s Quay.

On Wednesday last, between 8-9.15am. a study was carried out by the Dublin Cycling Campaign where vehicles travelling along Ormond Quay towards the city centre were counted.

The results show that bicycles account for almost half of all vehicles travelling along the quay during rush hour, with 1,126 bikes recorded out of a total vehicle count of 2,314, giving bicycles a 49% share of all vehicles.

The Dublin Cycling Campaign write:

One of the standout statistics from the survey was that bicycles outnumbered private cars by a ratio of almost 2:1.

A previous traffic study at this location, carried out by Dublin City Council in May 2017, recorded bicycles as having a 25% share of vehicular traffic.

While Dublin Cycling Campaign’s rush hour figure of 49% is not directly comparable, it does highlight how the City Council and the NTA may be underestimating the need and the demand for dedicated cycling infrastructure on the Liffey Quays.

It is important to note that the section of the Quays where the study was carried out, Ormond Quay, has no dedicated cycling infrastructure
. There is a bus lane on Ormond Quay, which is also technically a cycle lane, but there is no physical segregation between people on bikes and motor vehicles.

The study also shows how busy the bus lane was, with 200 buses using the route between 8.00am and 9.15am. This means that 1,126 cyclists “shared” the bus lane with 200 buses during rush hour.

…itreinforces Dublin Cycling Campaign’s demand for urgent action to be taken to progress the construction of the Liffey Cycle Route.

This segregated cycle route, which was first proposed in 2011, has withered in the hands of Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority for long enough and we are now calling for real leadership to realise the scheme.

In order to increase pressure on the decision-makers, Dublin Cycling Campaign has decided to hold monthly demonstrations along the Liffey Quays until the Liffey Cycle Route is built.

The first of these protests will take place on Sunday 8th of July, with demonstrators meeting at Grand Canal Square for an 11am start, before cycling en masse along the Liffey Quays.

These mass cycling protests will continue until progress has been made, and will increase in their frequency and their intensity if there is no obvious progress.

New Study Reveals Huge Numbers Commuting by Bike on Dublin’s Quays (DublinCyclingCampaign)

Thanks Kieran

44 thoughts on “Free The Quays

  1. Cian

    If each of the 200 busses had 6 passengers, then the busses are moving more people than cycle.

    If each of the busses was half-full – say 45 passengers – then the 200 busses moved 9,000 people; or eight times as many as cycled. Busses should get priority.

    If the cars all have 2 people – then they are moving the same numbers as cyclists.

    1. Mr. Camomile T

      The buses are definitely moving the most people, but the average occupancy for cars in Dublin is 1.2 people, so that’s still well below the number of people cycling.
      In terms of design priority, the (supposedly) accepted hierarchy is pedestrians>cyclists>public transport>service vehicles>private vehicles, but the reality is that our authorities still pander to the needs of private car users, to the detriment of everyone else.

      1. Cian

        I dunno – cars are being forced out of the city centre. And this means that people are being forced to cycle.
        I think we should be looking at both dedicated cycle lanes and bus lanes. Having them both together causes problems when the busses get trapped behind a cyclist.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Bloody summer cyclists pootling along, holding everyone up by wobbling all over the lanes. I HATE THEM.
          Though I’m listening to a good audiobook at the moment while cycling so I don’t get as irrationally angry at them.

          1. Cian

            1 cyclist ‘pootling along’ shouldn’t delay two or three busses carrying 100+ passengers.

          2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I sense disdain at my use of the phrase “pootling along”. Fie upon thee, sir.

          3. Cian

            nope – ’tis a good phrase; I know that many of the lycra-clad zoom along the quays and don’t delay the busses; the more, ahem, sedate cyclists slow down the busses. As the pootle along.

          4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            So one car lane, one bus lane and a cycle lane on the quays. I presume the lane nearest the river would be for cars. That leads to problems for anyone trying to get off the quays: cutting over to get to Jervis St for instance. It’s impossible so best to ignore it, I think.

          5. Brother Barnabas

            “I’m listening to a good audiobook at the moment while cycling”

            oh no, shouldn’t do that. sincerely urge you to reconsider.

          6. ivan

            oooh – what audiobook*?

            (*yes I know. Way to go with the getting sidetracked, but I’ve two Audible credits at the mo….)

          7. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I don’t have it on too loudly so I can hear everything that’s going on. I don’t listen to music for that reason.
            The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared. It’s not too long (10 hours or summink) and it’s really unusually droll.

          8. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Next up either The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead or Here I am by Jonathan Safran Foer. I had to cancel my Audible account as I had too many books unlistened to.

          9. mildred st meadowlark

            It was a bit hit and miss overall I found. Some of the audiobooks were wonderful, others were so poorly read, so dull that they’d put me to sleep. That or the selection was a bit mad at times. Like only two of a trilogy available for download. What, I ask you, is the point?

            I got rid of it too, in the end.

          10. ReproBertie

            Their version of podcasts are quite good. The West Cork one about Ian and Sophie was fascinating.

          11. A Taxpayer

            It sounds like your interests are aligned with the cycling campaign in this instance. Their request would get the cyclists into their own lane.

        2. Ciaran

          I get trapped behind buses, cars, trucks and vans every single morning going thru town on my bike. And it isn’t bikes slowing the buses down it’s the other buses in front and 1000s of mostly empty cars! Anyway, a bikes moves at around 15-25kmph, how trapped can they be even if we took the whole bus lane? The layout sucks proven by the fact Collins Barracks to The Point takes 15mins on bike…who Knows in a car…45mins?

          1. Cian

            My point is that in the current infrastructure where bikes and buses share a lane – and the lane only wide enough for a bus – then it can only travel at the speed of the slowest – so bikes will get caught behind busses at bus-stops; and busses caught behind (the slowest) cyclists the rest of the time.

    2. themanwhocan

      The math checks out. People pay too much bus fair to be left sitting for hours week after week. I cycle everyday , because I hate getting the bus. I wouldn’t even use it if it was free. While cycling you just have to keep your wits about you and you’ll be grand and get to where your going for free in at least one quarter the time a motor vehicle takes. The thing that bugs me abut the The Dublin Cycling Campaign is that they could end up being useful idiots for some horrible future cyclist registration money grabbing quango and cyclist will still get killed in the odd collision anyway. Dublin is an old town the roads are only so wide, you have to just weave in and out through traffic, that’s Dublin. Like it or lump it. TDCC would be better off focusing on campaigning for busses going electric , the diesel fumes are the real danger to cyclists. But more realistically , less stopping and starting by busses would help in a small way to reduce emissions. As Cian’s sums correctly point out , the busses should take priority. And what is with all these new entitled cyclists with wing mirrors on the handlebars that think they own the road? I’ve been cycling for 30 years and you would see the odd clown using them a few times a year, now you see them every day. These are the type of people who moan about getting held up even though its there stupid modification that makes the handle bars to wide to slip through cars. The type of idiots who would bang on a passenger window and make a scene when a car wasn’t stopped exactly dead centre of a lane to the exact millimeter during gridlock.

    1. Jonickal

      I wouldn’t ban them as for certain reasons a car is still required to access certain services based in the city centre. However, I would look at introducing a charge for accessing the city centre by private car, similar to what they have in London. At least then one-off important journeys (e.g. delivering a woman to a maternity hospital) wouldn’t be banned whereas the daily user who chooses not to switch to other modes would be financially penalised.

  2. Stephen

    I’m in the city centre usually 5 or 6 days a week. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that more and more Dubliners are choosing the bicycle as their priority mode of transport. Its time that Dublin city councilors took notice of this change. Just build the bloody segregated route, its been in planning since 2011.

    1. Cian

      There is also a big swing in cyclist number in summer/winter; so whatever Dublin does must work all year.

  3. Jonjo

    The vast majority of cars only have 1 person in them. They should not have any priority in the city centre.

  4. Alan McGee

    Cycling down Pearse street through College Green is the most exhilarating thing you can do in Dublin. You’re so close to death when you meet the buses and the Luas it’s trilling. Really gets the heart racing

    1. Matt Fitzpatrick

      Don’t get me started on those enormous potholes, 10/10 would nearly die again.

    2. Stan

      I’ve been cycling through town heading generally northwards quite a lot recenty, often during the morning rush hour. Usually, I head up Pearse St., take a right into Tara St. then along the south Quays to Church St. and relative safety. This morning, it dawned on me that, just like the buses, I could go straight on from Pearse into College Green and up to Dame St. So I did…….

      ……and never will again.

  5. Nick

    Unfortunately I have to drive the south quays each day. The hazard of the cyclists needs to be tackled, having no infrastructure for them is crazy. Its no surprise what happened there on Monday.
    How about making a cycle lane along the Liffey by the wall itself? Get them away from the cars into their own little bubble where they are free to weave around and endanger each other as much as they like.

    1. Ciaran

      It is unfortunate you have to drive it. Did it for years, slow infuriating death. The thing that pXXXed me off the most about bikes, with hindsight, was jealousy that they were unaffected by gridlock and the reality was I was mostly angry at DCC for the terrible driving infrastructure, light sequences, 1 way system, volumes of cars, narrow lanes, bad drivers, getting cut-off, bottle necks, empty bus lanes, yellow box stoppers, taxis, bad parking, car depreciation, price of petrol, parking, insurance etc. Emancipate yourself Nick from that rat race and cycle if you can. You might need to commute by car for unavoidable reasons BUT if you don’t, you should consider cycling….or walking or a hybrid. Good luck.

  6. dan

    So a cycling lobby group comes up with figures and we are meant to just believe them as fact.

    Also, if cyclists want to be treated with more respect, they should respect the rules of the road and not weave through pedestrians crossing the road, when they should be stopped at a red light.

    1. Ciaran

      You’re welcome to stand on a corner with a video camera and clip board like they did and produce your own numbers and lobby for more roads, traffic lights eh…petrol stations, narrower paths, less peds, less cyclists, higher speed limits, free WiFi. Go for it.

    2. BobbyJ

      So a motoring lobby group comes up with figures and we are meant to just believe them as fact.

      Also, if motorists want to be treated with more respect, they should respect the rules of the road and not kill pedestrians crossing the road, when they should be stopped at a red light.

    3. ZeligIsJaded

      Zinger Dan!

      We need more free thinkers like you in public life.

      Not afraid to repeat the same tired old gibberish despite how stupid it may make you sound.

  7. Nullzero

    Here we go again. Motorists are evil cyclist targeting lunatics etc.
    A cycle friendly city is a lovely idea but we need to be able to handle the existing traffic problem before it becomes a priority. Closing roads to motorists exacerbates traffic problems in surrounding areas and makes for a situation which cyclists have a few safe zones and a more treacherous journey in the remaining even more over crowed areas.

    1. Grouse

      Motorists are evil cyclist targeting lunatics etc.

      There isn’t a single line in the whole thing about the behaviour or character of motorists.

  8. AFoxamongpidgeons

    The vast majority of cars only have 1 person in them. They should not have any priority in the city centre…..

    all those clown bikes with 4 people on the handlebars and 4 on the rear wheel are really a sight to behold…

    1. Jonjo

      Are you serious? You can’t see a difference between 1 person in a car and 1 person on a bike?

  9. Smellington

    I do cycle up here every morning at around 8.30 and certainly with the sunshine and warm mornings the number of cyclists has increased a lot. I’m happy enough to follow others if the cycling traffic moves on quick enough but nothing is more frustrating when ‘fair weather’ cyclists are meandering along taking their time and always placing themselves at the top of the queue meaning anyone behind them either has to be even faster taking off or slowly continue and negotiate a safe way to over take.

  10. SB

    “If you build it, they will come”…it was true for Kevin Costner, doubly so here. Build safe and segregated cycle lanes and the number of cyclists will quadruple, all year round. For all you cyclist-hating motorists, that’s a lot less cars on the roads so fewer traffic jams for you too

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