Tag Archives: Cycling

Meanwhile…

FIGHT!

Update:

In fairness.

This evening.

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

This morning.

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…

Update:

FIGHT!

Thanks Oisín O’Connor

This morning.

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

This afternoon.

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.

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Earlier….

Transport Minister Shane Ross (top) has introduced new dangerous overtaking laws which took effect at Midnight

From 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.”

New cycling laws step in right direction – Dublin Cycling Campaign (RTÉ)

I Bike Dublin

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Friday: Die-In Another Day

This lunchtime.

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.

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Meanwhile

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.”

“Die-In” by Neil Fox

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…

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)

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