Tag Archives: Cycling

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…

Ah.

here.

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.

Cyclist.ie

Pic: Bord Failte

 

 

Cycling advocate Oisin O’Connor meets Shane Ross.

James Gallagher writes:

Think about it.

How many wheel friends have you got?

This afternoon.

Via Axa:

Cycling Ireland has partnered with AXA Insurance to create AXA Community Bike Rides, an exciting new programme that inspires people all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to get out on their bikes.

AXA Community Bike Rides are free social leisure rides for adults of all ages and abilities. A trained Ride Leader will ensure your cycle is both safe and enjoyable. Participants can choose from ‘Easy Going’ or ‘Challenging’ rides meaning there is a distance and pace to suit everyone….

Click here

Cycling Ireland

Road Safety Authority of Ireland’s rules of the road

Correct road positioning will allow a cyclist to move safely and competently on the road network.

Drivers should be aware that cyclists may need to change direction from the normal secondary position on the road (left side of the road) to a more primary riding position (centre of the road) in order to:

– get the best view of the road and junctions ahead.

– increase visibility for approaching traffic, especially where a driver’s view
may be blocked.

– turn left or right, enter a roundabout, change lanes or approach a bend.

Before changing position on the road, cyclists should ‘look, signal in good
time and look again’ to ensure that it is safe to proceed.

Where a cyclist is not confident in taking up the ‘primary’ position, it may be safer to get off the bike and cross the roadway on foot where it is safer.

From the Road Safety Authority of Ireland’s revised rules of the road.

Meanwhile…

You can cycle in the ‘centre of the road’, says revised rules of the road (Cian Ginty, Irish Cycle)

Rollingnews

On Monday afternoon, despite the tempting display of pastries piled on the counter, Luigi Massone’s café, Scoff, on Ranelagh’s main street was empty save for two small tables of customers.

Pointing behind him, just hours after new higher parking charges came into force in the Dublin 6 village, Massone said: “Look, the place is empty. It’s lunchtime. They changed a lot of rules. The business of everybody has gone down.”

Parking tariffs rose across the city on Monday. However, Ranelagh and Rathmines are among the districts most affected, seeing a 70 per cent increase in charges from €1.60 to €2.70 per hour

‘Look, the place is empty’ – rise in parking charges hits Ranelagh businesses (Irish Times)

Oh.

National Bike Week poster

This week is National Bike Week.

In addition, Dublin is hosting the Velo-City Conference – the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) annual global cycling summit – having last hosted it in 2005.

How’s that going?

Oh.

Meanwhile…

Yikes.

Dublin disappoints: what happened to city cycling’s great hope? (The Guardian)

Yesterday: Brave And Foolish

Friday on the Dublin quays

As I look at photo of another cyclist seriously injured this morning, one must ask, when are Dublin authorities going to get serious about cycling in the capital?

I spent five years in Budapest in mid-1990s after Russian rule – Hungary had very low GDP but cycling was totally separated from traffic and whole families could cycle beside the Danube on Sundays.

Hungary was basically a second-world country at that time and yet it prioritised cycling.

It was simply a case of political will – which apparently is not present in Dublin.

Denis Hanley
Newtownards, Co Down.

Irish Times Letters

Thanks Ultan Mashup

Friday: A Vicious Cycle

Cyclists in Dublin City Centre

I read with interest your Editorial on cycling safety.

I drive, walk, and cycle around Dublin regularly. I have been knocked off my bike three times, each time by a driver.

The first time a car driver opened their door into the cycle lane while I was going past. The second a van driver turned left onto the cycle lane without indicating (or looking).

The third time, recently, another car driver turned right across a junction I was going through (and where I had right of way) onto me.

These incidents all occurred in broad daylight, and I was perfectly visible to anyone who looked for me. I was fortunate in these to have escaped without serious injuries, but many other people who cycle have not been so lucky.

The common link is that these people driving did not look for the cyclist they were sharing the road with.

While it is all very well to ask cyclists to behave better, and there is a role for that, it just amounts to victim-blaming; what kills and injures others are the people driving cars.

What we really need is to separate vulnerable road users such as cyclists from cars with proper cycling infrastructure such as exists in many European cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Where we do have to share the road, we need to educate drivers to be more aware of people on bikes.

A bicycle has many advantages over a car in Dublin: it’s cheaper, it’s faster in traffic, it’s better for the environment, parking is easier, and it’s better for your health. With better infrastructure it could also be safer.

Eoin Kelleher,
Rathfarnham,
Dublin 14.

Making the roads safer for cyclists (Irish Times letters page)

The Irish Times view on cycling safety: a dangerous road (Irish Times, August 8, 2018)

Related: Irish Times view on cycling safety shows the newspaper hasn’t a clue (Cian Ginty, Irish Cycle)

Pic: Dublin Cycling Campaign

Update:

It’s escalated.

Core blimey.

This morning.

National Transport Authority CEO Anne Graham (top) launching a discussion document on the BusConnects Dublin – Core Bus Corridors Project to “improve bus journey times and cycling priority along 16 radial core bus corridors”.

The proposals include

230kms of continuous bus priority over 16 radial core bus corridors;

200kms of cycle tracks and cycle lanes provided on the corridors segregated from the bus lanes and general traffic lanes “as far as is practicable”;

Journey time savings of up to 40%-50% across the 16 radial core bus corridors

“On each of the Core Bus corridors, we will provide high-quality cycling facilities, segregated from the bus lanes and general traffic lanes as far as is practicable.”

A full public consultation on the 16 identified corridors will be undertaken in October, which will have all the detailed impacts of the project on a road-by-road basis.

FIGHT!

BusConnects Dublin – Core Bus Corridors Project

Leah Farrell/RollingNews