Tag Archives: Cycling

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?




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,
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


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.


BusConnects Dublin – Core Bus Corridors Project

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Above from left Cyclist Mark Langtry, Assistant Garda Commissioner David Sheahan, Minister for Tourism Transport and Sport Shane Ross TD, RSA Chief Executive Moyagh Murdock and cyclist Dave Magee

This morning.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) May Bank holiday weekend safety campaign launch urging motorists to give “cyclists the space to ride safe”.

The RSA and transport minister Shane Ross recommend drivers allow a safe distance of at least 1.5 meters when passing at speeds above 50km/hour.


Previously: Falling Down

Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

You are invited.

To a silent die-in “to protest deaths of people who cycle” outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 tomorrow at 6pm.

Mike McKillen writes:

This past week has seen the tragic killing of a young person cycling on Dublin roads, bringing the total number of cyclists killed this year to 5.

2017 was the deadliest year for people who cycle in Ireland with 15 deaths, the highest in 10 years.

The issue of safe streets is not just affecting people who cycle; 14 pedestrians have already lost their lives this year. It is worth noting that 2017 had the lowest number of fatalities for people in motorised vehicles in over a decade.

I BIKE Dublin and Dublin Cycling Campaign are conducting a silent demonstration tomorrow outside Leinster House at 6pmto express their sorrow and anger at this latest death on Irish roads, and to call on the government to invest in safer streets as a matter of urgency.

We are calling on the Government for –

A minimum of 10% of transport budget allocated for safe cycling and walking

Better design of cycling and walking infrastructure, especially at junctions where people are forced to interact with motor vehicles.

Dublin Cycling Campaign


This morning.

Thomas Street, Dublin

Dhaughton writes:

On the left is a cycle lane running along Thomas Street to James’s Street. I counted 18 cars parked in it this morning. The same cars are parked there all day everyday, even though there is a paid carpark on the left.

That road is so dangerous now with the increase in rerouted bus traffic and the increase in traffic from the on-going works in James’s hospital.

You also have to deal with the cars being over the white lines and the cars and buses being forced into your path by the traffic island on the right.

And all that before having to deal with the hell which is the James’s Street Luas tracks just ahead.

Earlier: Ah here