Dublin city centre.
Dublin city centre.
Further to news yesterday that a LIffey Cycle Route will be trialed this Summer.
Cian Ginty, editor of IrishCycle.com, says there are number of problems with the announcement. Namely:
It is non-continuous.
Mixes cyclists with buses and taxis in sections of bus lanes
.People cycling are exposed to left turning cars and trucks at junctions.
It uses narrow and very narrow lanes where demand is already high
‘People cycling in Dublin already have cycle lanes which end at bus stops and junctions — what the council is calling “interim measures” will continue this and likely make things more dangerous at junctions
Under the council’s ‘interim measures’ for the quays, people cycling will still have to mix with buses at bus stops, mix with buses and taxis in sections of bus lanes, and, at junctions, there will still be conflict with left turning traffic.
Many people are quick to say ‘something is better than nothing’ but that’s not always the case with cycle route design.
There was a similar situation in London a number of years ago, unsafe stop-start segregated cycle paths were installed without dealing with the conflict areas like junctions and bus stops.
The result was that cycle routes looked more attractive, but the conflict remained or worsened and people died. It is senseless for Dublin to be making the same mistakes — there’s too much at stake.
Councillors need to have vision and implement a trial which is continuously segregated along the quays even if this means disrupting cars on the north quays.
Compromising on cycling safety just to maintain the same number of cars on the quays is pointless — cars are already seriously hampering the operation of the bus network and Luas green line, and there’s more buses and more trams on the way.
Something has to give.
Cities all around the world of different sizes — some with fewer public transport options than Dublin — have shown that city centre become better places when you reduce the number of cars. The sky doesn’t fall in.
The opposite is true and cities become more attractive places to live, work and do business in. For the people who need to drive, there would still be ample routes to reach car parks and other locations.’
Yesterday: Safe Passage
On my way home from a @dublincycling meeting and had the joy of two close passes from @dublinbusnews No. 37 in Stoneybatter. First he overtook me and pulled in sharply in front of me, forcing me out of the lane. He then did a punishment pass a few seconds later. Why risk my life? pic.twitter.com/RpAJgThdS3
— Suzy Snuzzle (@Dublin_Suzy) January 6, 2020
Free the lanes!
When on a car journey with your children, get them to count bicycle riders on the road..
When they learn to drive, they’ll notice them easier. pic.twitter.com/leQEuHOLlQ
— Safe Cycling Ireland 🇮🇪 (@SafeCyclingEire) December 11, 2019
Maybe by then cyclists will have to hold a license and pay insurance…
— Marko_SF (@bod_LFC96) December 11, 2019
Mandatory insurance would need to be linked to unworkable bicycle registration. BTW, I have 3rd party insurance for my bicycle, and fully comp for the car. An estimated 1 million motorists in the UK drive with no insurance. https://t.co/YZN1WuQaiY
— claydenizen (@claydenizen) December 11, 2019
Aidan Regan tweetz:
Just cycled the entire length of the quays, from the IFSC to Heuston station.
What an absolute nightmare.
I have seen better cycle infrastructure in the poorest of the poorest part of the city centre in Eastern Europe.
It’s a miracle someone has not been killed biking here.
Earlier: Don’t Stop Pedalling
Dublin (exact location unspecified).
Taxi driver TaxiMatt writes:
Now if only there was somewhere safe for this cyclist to cycle and no I’m not tarring you all with the same brush…
this is awkward 🤣
i stay central there because some drivers (yourself included) cant seem to keep out of the cycle lane as they go round the bend.
— Alan D (@AlanDub13) November 21, 2019
Thanks Oisín O’Connor
At a meeting of the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Representatives from Cyclist.ie, Dublin Cycling Campaign and I BIKE Dublin will be going before the committee to discuss road traffic regulations and a national cycling policy.
Later representatives from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and the National Transport Authority will appear before the committee.
The meeting was scheduled to get under way at 9.30am and is currently in private session.
Watch live here or from the link above.
Previously: I BIKE Dublin on Broadsheet
Stillorgan, County Dublin
Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, CEO of the Road Safety Authority Moya Murdock, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council Ossian Smyth and Chief Superintendent of an Garda Siochana Paul Cleary pictured beside new signage advising motorists of the 1.0m gap they must allow between overtaking cyclists, on the Intersection between Lower Kilmacud Road and Mount Anville Wood, Stillorgan, County Dublin.
Transport Minister Shane Ross (top) has introduced new dangerous overtaking laws which took effect at Midnight
The dangerous overtaking of cyclists will now incur a fixed charge fine of up to €120 and a minimum of three penalty points.
The new regulations state “a driver shall not overtake or attempt to overtake if to do so would endanger or cause inconvenience to a pedal cyclist.”
I BIKE Dublin Spokesperson Vanessa Sterry said:
“Our die-in in front of the office of the Garda Traffic Department last Friday was to highlight that current enforcement of existing legislation is completely insufficient to keep people who cycle safe from the minority of drivers who behave dangerously on the roads.
“I BIKE Dublin continues to call for the Gardaí to be equipped and staffed properly and to use evidence-based policing as has been proven to work in other jurisdictions. The West Midlands Police in the UK have pioneered online video portals to enable quick prosecution. New legislation to protect people who cycle is meaningless, without an announcement by Ministers Flanagan and Ross that the Gardaí will use international best practice.”
Friday: Die-In Another Day
— I BIKE Dublin (@IBIKEDublin) November 6, 2019
Outside Leinster House.
Cyclists held a ‘die-in’ demonstration following the death of Neeraj Jain (top) who was cycling to work last Friday morning when his bike collided with a cement mixer at the back of the building site of the National Children’s Hospital.
Mr Jain, from Faridabad, India, moved to Ireland in 2018 to pursue a Masters degree in Engineering in UCD and was working with Deloitte in Dublin.
Last week in the Shankill area of Paulstown, Kilkenny, a cyclist in his 70s died after he suffered serious injuries following an incident with a parked lorry.
Today’s ‘die-in’ is the second such ‘die-in’ in as many days.
Neil Fox (above) – whose sister Donna (above inset) died when she was hit by a lorry turning left at the junction between Seville Place and Sheriff St Upper in September 2016 – has written a blog post about today’s “die-in”.
From this post…
“‘Die-Ins’ have a very clear purpose and the fact they horrify is the real reason for them, they bring the harsh reality across in a way nothing else quite can.
“As someone who had to wait days before I could see my sister, one might imagine I’d never need a reality check on the horror.
“But I do, and if I do, how much more others who have thankfully never been directly effected by the tragic brutal violent death of a loved-one in a cycling collision.
“I’ve recently been thrilled by the new dangerous overtaking of a cyclist regulation which Minister Ross will bring in next week, but of course the other key ingredient is: infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure, so I am in total solidarity with those protesting today in our shared vision for a safer Ireland, in particular a safe Dublin for cyclists.
“…I call on the Government as ever, to wake up, to do whatever possible to curb such carnage. Carnage, lives lost, lives destroyed. Real people. Not mere statistics.
“…I really hope some good comes of today’s demonstration. It is heartbreaking but perhaps a re-enactment, dramatic as it is, is needed to bring our government to act. Really act.”
Yesterday: Extreme Steps
Top pic: Muiris Ó Conchúir
From top: A tweet from Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on the night of Budget 2020; A Greenway on the Wild Atlantic Way
Not so fast, Minister Ross.
Following the announcement of €9 Million carbon tax funding for cycling during the Budget statement by Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross tweeted that the government had allocated €114 Million to cycling in Budget 2020.
If that seemed too good to be true…
Mike McKillen, of Cyclist, writes:
This €114 Million was subsequently broken down as €23 Million for “cycling” greenways and €91 Million for walking and cycling facilities in urban areas.
Greenways are provided for both pedestrians and cyclists so out of an allocation of €23 Million, the cyclist proportion would be 50% or €11.5 Million.
Regarding walking and cycling facilities in urban areas, 31% of total NTA expenditure was spent on cycling in the Greater Dublin area and the Regional Cities.
For the purposes of forecasting cycling expenditure in 2020, this percentage was rounded up to 33% which equates to €30 Million.
Therefore Cyclist.ie, the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, estimates that the departmental expenditure on cycling in 2020 will be approximately €42 Million.
Anyone who thinks that the Minister is committed to spending €114 Million on cycling, may be “at the races” (to use his own words) but is dreaming about the results…
Mr McKillen adds:
This exaggeration in cycle funding is not the first overestimation by the Minister/Department. In response to a recent parliamentary question, the Minister claimed that in 2018 cycling expenditure was 3.1% of the capital budget. Cyclist.ie estimates it at 1.0%.
There you go now.
Pic: Bord Failte